When Water Breaks Too Early During Pregnancy

Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PROM)

There are many things that can go wrong during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The mother's water breaking too early is one of them. Called "premature rupture of membranes, (PROM)" this event can lead to negative consequences for both mother and child.

When the water breaks too early, the unborn child is no longer floating in the amniotic fluid that protects the fetus. The fetus is susceptible to infection, loss of nutrients, premature delivery, fetal distress, umbilical cord complications and other serious pregnancy complications.

What Can Cause Premature Rupture of Membranes?

Sadly, these complications are often caused by medical malpractice. When the mother's water breaks, timing is critical. Active labor is soon forthcoming. The treating physician has only a limited amount of time to deliver the child before harm can be caused. When a doctor negligently fails to act, he or she should be held accountable for the harm.

What Causes the Water to Break too Early?

Premature rupture of the fetal membrane can happen naturally, but it can also be triggered by a doctor's negligence. Frequent, unnecessary exams by a doctor late in pregnancy may trigger the water to break. Examinations after the water has already broken may cause infections or other complications. If a mother has premature rupture of membranes, she must notify her OB immediately.

At The Donahey Law Firm, with offices in Columbus and throughout Ohio, our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the law on birth injuries. When we take your case, we conduct thorough investigations and develop a plan for strategic action based on your needs and the facts of the case.

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