“It’s very sad when complications arise during childbirth, changing what should be a very happy event into something traumatic, and in some cases causing long term problems and an inability to bond with their baby.
Our team has dealt with a number of claims arising out of various problems that have occurred during pregnancy and childbirth but many more people are afraid to seek advice as they think they just have to accept what has happened. It’s good to see these women speaking out and hopefully it will help to see improvements in care made in the future”.
One study in the British Journal of Gynaecology (BJOG) suggests 85% of women have some form of tear during their first vaginal birth. The number of women suffering severe third and fourth-degree tears tripled from 2% to 6% between 2000 and 2012, according to BJOG. The rise has been put down to tears being better diagnosed - but also women giving birth later in life and to heavier babies. Long-term complications can include urinary and anal incontinence and painful sex. Even in the the most severe cases, however, the tears can be treated effectively with early intervention. Many women suffer in silence - embarrassed to seek help, unsure whether their symptoms are normal after giving birth. Often when they do seek help, they are ignored or told by their doctors that their symptoms are to be expected and will improve.