Supporting Families, Preventing Tragedies

Common Warning Signs


Our research and experience has led us to identifying some key danger signs that occur during labour. If not given due attention, these signs can often lead to problems during birth.

Our research and experience has led us to identifying some key danger signs that occur during labour. If not given due attention, these signs can often lead to problems during birth.

We have come to realise that most emergency situations do not just happen; they are the culmination of many warning signs left unnoticed or ignored.

We put these here for your consideration; we are not saying that the presence of one or another will mean impending trouble, but in our experience, these key indicators keep coming up time and time again. We supply them for informational purposes only.

  • Lack of monitoring during late pregnancy and labour
  • The LMC “normalising” the abnormal
  • Lack of action when first warning signs appear
  • Pregnancy going over the due date
  • Failure to progress in labour/ ‘inefficient’ labour
  • The presence of meconium-stained liquor (waters)
  • Lengthy handover during emergency
  • LMC insisting on birth at home or in a primary birthing unit
  • Inconsistent reporting by LMC and poor documentation
  • Concerns of women and family members being ignored, especially during labour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Flags

        RED FLAGS

  • Lack of monitoring
  • “Normalising” the abnormal
  • Lack of action/delay in getting emergency care
  • Going over due date
  • Failure to progress in labour
  • Meconium-stained liquor (waters)
  • Lengthy handover during emergency
  • Inconsistent reporting and documentation
  • Your concerns being ignored

    Click here to read more about common warning signs


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