Uterine Rupture Birth Injuries

A uterine rupture is a tear in the wall of the uterus. Uterine ruptures occur in 0.5% to 1.0% of women with a prior uterine scar (such as a C-section), but are rare in women who have never had a C-section. A rupture in a woman that has no previous scars happens about once every 15,000 to 20,000 births. Symptoms of a uterine rupture can include a popping feeling in the abdomen or abdominal pain.

Risk Factors for Uterine Rupture

Women that with the below characteristics have an added risk of having a uterine rupture during delivery:

  • Obstructed labor
  • Breech baby
  • Previous uterine surgery (C-section)
  • Forceps delivery
  • Multiple prior births
  • Trauma (an example would be a car accident)
  • Pushing on the mother’s stomach during labor and delivery
  • Improper medication


Treating a Uterine Rupture

If the doctor or staff does not recognize a uterine rupture there is a great risk to the patient. Treatments could include repairing of the uterus, a laparotomy (surgery into the abdomen), or a hysterectomy if the hemorrhage (bleeding) cannot be controlled. Women that have a hysterectomy often require antibiotics due to the risk of the infection and may need blood transfusions. If the baby has not been delivered an emergency C-section may be required.


When a uterine rupture occurs, the blood flow to the baby is cut off. If the uterine rupture is not identified or treated in a timely manner it could result in injuries such as:

  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Wrongful death or stillbirth of the baby
  • Wrongful death of the mother


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