Birth Trauma Attorneys Look at an Exciting New Development Fetoscopy is a procedure performed which allows an obstetrician access to the developing fetus during pregnancy. A tiny incision is made in the mother’s abdomen, and a fetoscope—a long, wand-like instrument with a minuscule camera in its end—is inserted into the amniotic cavity. Using this method, a doctor can also monitor the umbilical cord and the fetal side of the placenta. Fetoscopy allows surgeons to check the fetus for anatomical abnormalities and makes medical intervention possible in cases of emergency. Unfortunately, a common problem in fetoscopy is the rupturing of the fetal membrane—the sac containing the developing baby—during the procedure. To make room for the fetoscope, a pathway to the fetal sac must be created using a device with a sharp tip. Far too often, this tool punctures the fetal membrane, which can cause a leak of amniotic fluid. This in…
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