Although the majority of women who give birth vaginally either experience only a small perineal tear – or none at all – some women suffer severe, life-changing and distressing injuries. Increasing attention is being given to resolving issues of diagnosis and repair when these injuries occur. Supporting those women who continue to suffer is also vital.
Anal Sphincter Injuries
Approximately 5% of women who give birth vaginally suffer a severe tear during the birth of their child which damages the muscles which control their bowels. If the injury is not diagnosed and competently repaired as soon as possible after the birth, the woman can have continence problems for the rest of her life.
If the woman is giving birth for the first time, is carrying a large baby, or needs instrumental assistance during the birth, her chances of receiving a 3rd or 4th degree tear are even higher.
What is MASIC?
MASIC is a fairly new organisation specifically focused on increasing awareness not only of the occurrence of anal sphincter injuries during childbirth, but also the difficulties and embarrassment often experienced by those women who have experienced such devastating injuries. The foundation also aims to offer support to those women.
The foundation was launched in 2017 at a major one-day educational event at the Royal Society of Medicine, with a wide range of presentations and lectures from a broad spectrum of organisations with an interest in the health and well-being of new mothers.
Over the last year, MASIC has continued to raise awareness of anal sphincter birth injuries through presentations nationwide and plans to develop its scope still further with the creation of publicity material and a more comprehensive and accessible website.
It is also supporting research and planning with organisations such as the Royal College of Midwives to consider how best to prevent and deal with perineal trauma.
MASIC’s website offers support to new mothers suffering with anal sphincter injuries.
They also plan to create focus groups to provide advice directly to mothers struggling with the impact of anal sphincter injuries on both their home and professional lives.
Medical Negligence and OASIs
The presence of an anal sphincter injury during childbirth needs to be diagnosed immediately after the birth of the baby in order to ensure a prompt repair.
All new mothers should, therefore, undergo a thorough examination to ensure that such injuries are not missed. Occasionally, however, a severe tear is not diagnosed or is misdiagnosed, leaving the unfortunate mother with a lifetime of unpleasant symptoms.
If you are suffering with the appalling symptoms of a misdiagnosed severe perineal tear, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your suffering and financial losses.
Contact us to discuss your experience with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
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