New clinical guidelines published to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth

Posted on: January 13th, 2017

Royal College of obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have recently published revised clinical guidelines stating that more can be done to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth. It has become apparent following the recent publication of the 2012-2014 Confidential Enquires into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity report that excessive blood loss after childbirth is one of the leading causes of direct maternal deaths in the UK.

Haemorrhages can occur for a variety reasons and some groups of expectant mothers are at a higher risk than others such as those that suffer from pre-existing blood disorders or have problems with the placenta. More interestingly, a new study in Norway have suggested that those that undergo assisted reproductive treatments such as IVF are also at a higher risk of haemorrhage. However, at times, haemorrhages during or after childbirth are avoidable and occur as a result of negligent acts of the treating professionals such as doctors or midwives. Sometimes the occurrence of the haemorrhage may not be avoidable due to for example problems with the placenta but the way in which the haemorrhage is managed and treated is a cause for concern and results in death or serious harm requiring treatment in intensive care.

The RCOG in their revised clinical guidelines have emphasised on  having protocols in place to manage haemorrhages,  training for all the maternity members of staff, including carrying out team rehearsals so that they are well prepared in the event of such obstetric emergency occurring.

At Coffin Mew we specialise in clinical negligence claims particularly  those resulting in injuries during childbirth. This can include brain injury to the baby and significant injuries to or tragic deaths of the mother.