An antenatal (before birth) injury describes any injury or condition that affects a mother or child and could have been avoided, or been less severe, if a doctor or midwife had ordered and properly interpreted the appropriate scans, tests or checks.

Conditions that are linked to antenatal claims include:

  • Abnormal pregnancy
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • HELLP Syndrome
  • Ruptured placenta
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Cephalopelvic Disproportion

Other potential problems that occur following mistakes made during pregnancy include:

  • Misdiagnosis of health problems
  • Failure to diagnose health problems
  • Injuries to the mother
  • Injuries to the child

Ultrasound Scans

During your pregnancy you will be offered optional ultrasound scans to help medical professionals to monitor (the scans use soundwaves to generate a picture of the child) your baby in the womb.

Ultrasound scans are used to:

  • Detect abnormalities
  • Show the position of the baby in the womb
  • Check the baby is growing normally

Hospitals should offer at least two ultrasound scans during pregnancy: at some point between 8-14 weeks and between 18-21 weeks. However, if you think you weren’t offered a scan, or feel a mistake was made by those interpreting the results, leading to an injury, you could be entitled to compensation.

Antenatal Tests

There is a range of other tests that are used to make sure mother and child are in good health during pregnancy. They include:

  • Antenatal urine tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Weight and height tests
  • Blood tests

In addition, blood tests – again optional – will be offered at different stages of the pregnancy to make sure that the baby is healthy. Possible blood tests include:

  • Blood group
  • Diabetes
  • Anaemia
  • Rhesus disease
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