Why Does Head Molding (Abnormal Head Shape) Happen?

Birth is a physically traumatic process for mother and baby alike. The baby's head is particularly vulnerable to injury. The skull plates have not yet fused together, and the head is still malleable. As a result, head molding — that is, an abnormal head shape typically caused by pressure during delivery — is a common complication.

Mild cases of head molding usually resolve within a few days or weeks. Severe or long-lasting cases, however, may indicate a serious problem. Abnormal head molding may be tied to bleeding beneath the skull or in the brain, or even skull fractures. Left untreated, these underlying issues could result in permanent brain damage.

At The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale, our attorney works hard to help hold negligent medical professionals accountable and to help you recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Normal Versus Negligence-Related

Not all cases of head molding are preventable. In some cases, though, medical negligence may have contributed, especially when risk factors were present such as:

  • Assisted delivery (forceps or vacuum extraction)
  • Prolonged delivery
  • Larger infants (macrosomia) or large fetal head, which can cause the baby to get stuck in the birth canal
  • Breech presentation
  • Uterine crowding (for example, due to twins or multiples)
  • Disproportional shape or size of the mother's pelvic bones
  • Preterm births
  • Low amniotic fluid
  • VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
  • High-risk pregnancies

With proper fetal monitoring, medical professionals can detect problems such as lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain. Sometimes, however, key warning signs go overlooked. An experienced lawyer can help you identify whether negligence was a factor.

Get A Free Consultation With A Compassionate Ally

If your infant suffered from birth injuries, and severe head molding was present, you deserve answers about what went wrong. Contact The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt in the Phoenix area for a free assessment of your legal options.

We know how frightening and devastating it is to watch your newborn suffer — especially when the harm could have been prevented.

Our attorney and staff members can serve as your allies. Driven by a passion for making a difference, our goal is to make your voice heard.

Call 480-951-3949 or contact us online to discuss your situation with a compassionate legal ally. Based in Scottsdale, we represent mothers and fathers across Arizona.