Birth Injuries

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Receiving appropriate prenatal care throughout your pregnancy is essential for your health and the health of your baby. If your OB-GYN fails to provide this routine care, they have demonstrated gross medical negligence, and they may be responsible for an injury during birth. During pregnancy, you should expect to see…

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Shoulder dystocia is a delivery complication that occurs when an infant’s shoulders become lodged in the mother’s pelvis. The infant’s brachial plexus nerves could be damaged, causing complications like Erb’s Palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy. Shoulder dystocia often arises when: The baby is born feet first, placing undue stress on the…

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An infant could suffer a nerve injury before birth or during delivery. The three most common kinds of birth-related nerve injuries are facial nerve, brachial plexus, and phrenic nerve injuries. The fourth kind of nerve injury, spinal cord nerve injuries, is rarer but is often more severe and could potentially…

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Placental previa (or placental detachment) is a dangerous condition that puts the lives of both baby and mother at risk. To understand some of the reasons why, it is important to understand what the role of the placenta is, and how the function of this unique organ is integral to…

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Placental abruption when the placenta separates from the uterine lining unexpectedly, resulting in significant dangers to the unborn baby. The placenta is responsible for carrying nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus, and is the primary connection between the mother and her child until the child is safely…

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Anoxic brain injuries are a common brain injury that usually results from a failure of the medical team to promptly deliver a child who is suffering from birth complications. This may be due to umbilical cord strangulation, placental detachment, or a variety of other problems, including trauma from improper use…

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Birth injuries occur all too often, and much of the time these devastating conditions are the fault of medical error by the labor and delivery team. Whether it be failure to respond to an irregular heartbeat or trauma caused by using forceps or other delivery-assisting devices, doctors continue to injure…

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America has one of the highest rates of C-Section in the world, though the reason for the higher rate is not entirely clear. There are some indications that mothers and doctors wishing to schedule deliveries increases the likelihood of this form of delivery. There is also evidence that American doctors…

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The labor and delivery process can be very difficult. Oftentimes, the woman giving birth does not understand her options. She relies upon her doctor, the professional, to help her make the best choices she can as quickly as needed. In best-case scenarios, the doctor presents the information and helps the…

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There is new hope for minimizing the damage suffered by children who suffer from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is associated with oxygen deprivation during a traumatic birth, often due to medical decisions or procedures utilized without adequate medical monitoring. The new technology cools the infant’s body by wrapping the…

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