Category: Birth Injuries

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Cerebral Palsy: Types, Causes, and Costs

Birth Injuries

Cerebral Palsy: Types, Causes, and Costs

When an infant is born with cerebral palsy, it could have been caused by two factors: incidents that naturally occurred during pregnancy or by avoidable medical mistakes made by the …

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What Expecting Mothers Should Know About Vacuum Extraction Delivery

Birth Injuries

What Expecting Mothers Should Know About Vacuum Extraction Delivery

Vacuum extraction is a procedure that is occasionally performed during vaginal delivery. During this procedure, the doctor uses a vacuum to help move the baby through the birth canal, and …

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What Expecting Mothers Should Know About Forceps Delivery

Birth Injuries

What Expecting Mothers Should Know About Forceps Delivery

What Is Forceps Delivery? Forceps delivery is a type of assisted vaginal delivery that is sometimes needed in the course of vaginal childbirth when the infant gets stuck. During this …

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Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy

Birth Injuries

Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy

About 70 percent of pregnant women take at least one prescription drug during pregnancy, but not all prescription medicines are safe to use during pregnancy. Harmful Prescription Drugs Numerous drugs …

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Failure to Detect Fetal Distress

Birth Injuries

Failure to Detect Fetal Distress

What Is Fetal Distress? Fetal distress, or non-reassuring fetal status, is an uncommon complication of labor that refers to the presence of signs that suggest the fetus might not be …

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Negligent Fetal Monitoring During Labor

Birth Injuries

Negligent Fetal Monitoring During Labor

What Is Fetal Monitoring? Fetal monitoring measures the heart rate, rhythm, and other functions of the fetus, including the presence or absence of accelerations and decelerations of the heartbeat. The …

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Negligence in Prenatal Care

Birth Injuries

Negligence in Prenatal Care

What Is Prenatal Care? Prenatal care is the health care you receive while pregnant, including checkups, prenatal testing, and vaccinations. It can help keep you and your baby healthy, assist …

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Preeclampsia: Symptoms, Risks, and What You Can Do About It

Birth Injuries

Preeclampsia: Symptoms, Risks, and What You Can Do About It

What Is Preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy and is often indicated by high blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth (postpartum …

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Shoulder Dystocia: Symptoms, Causes, and Complications

Birth Injuries

Shoulder Dystocia: Symptoms, Causes, and Complications

What Is Shoulder Dystocia? Shoulder dystocia refers to the scenario during labor when a baby’s head passes through the birth canal and the baby’s shoulders become stuck. This complication becomes …

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Umbilical Cord Conditions: How Your Doctor’s Negligence Could Lead to Serious Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries

Umbilical Cord Conditions: How Your Doctor’s Negligence Could Lead to Serious Birth Injuries

The umbilical cord is a narrow tube that connects the developing baby to the uterus of the mother. It is often referred to as the “supply line” because it carries …

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Birth Asphyxia: Signs, Causes, and Effects

Birth Injuries

Birth Asphyxia: Signs, Causes, and Effects

What Is Birth Asphyxia? Asphyxia is a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen, and birth asphyxia occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen before, during, …

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Breech Births: What Can I Do If My Baby Is Breech?

Birth Injuries

Breech Births: What Can I Do If My Baby Is Breech?

 What Is a Breech Birth? A few weeks prior to delivery, babies are typically in a head down or head first position in the mother’s uterus. However, some babies remain …

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Cesarean Sections (C-Sections): Complications and Implications

Birth Injuries

Cesarean Sections (C-Sections): Complications and Implications

What Is a C-Section? A cesarean section (or C-section) is a major surgical delivery method that involves making incisions in the mother’s abdominal wall and uterus. In the United States, …

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Birth Injuries

Maternal Mortality Rates Are Rising in the United States—And Nowhere Else

Which developed nation has the highest maternal mortality rate? The answer is unfortunate and surprising: the United States. The United States has had the highest maternal mortality rate since 1994, …

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medical malpractice placental abruption

Birth Injuries

Placental Abruption: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

The events that occur at the start of your child’s life may have an impact on their entire future. In most cases, pregnancy and birth go well for both mother …

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What to Expect If Your Child Has a Brachial Plexus Injury

Birth Injuries

What to Expect If Your Child Has a Brachial Plexus Injury

Holding your newborn child in your arms is among the most miraculously happy moments in a parent’s life. All the months of reading, shopping, weird food cravings, and preparing for …

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Birth Injuries

What You Need to Know About Filing a Cerebral Palsy Claim

There are circumstances in which a child is born with avoidable cerebral palsy. In these cases, the doctor was negligent in one way or another, and it resulted in brain …

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Birth Injuries

Birth Defects vs. Birth Injuries

Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy. Every parent wants to trust doctors, nurses, and other medical staff to provide the best care at every stage of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. …

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Birth Injuries

Risk Factors for Congenital and Acquired Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects muscle tone and movement in children. Doctors estimate that roughly 10,000 infants in the United States will develop cerebral palsy. Doctors …

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Birth Injuries

How to Tell If Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Was Caused by Medical Malpractice

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong neurological disorder where the parts of the brain associated with motor function become damaged early in life. This damage can be caused by a lack …

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Birth Injuries

Birth Injury Case May Affect Medicaid Recipients

The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a heated case between a Medicaid recipient and the State of North Carolina. In Delia v. E.M.A., a child born …

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Birth Injuries

Indiana’s Midwife Laws Under Fire

Nearly 100 people were seen protesting outside the LaGrange County, Indiana courthouse on Monday, April 9. Ireena Keeslar was arrested on March 31 on a felony charge of practicing midwifery …

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