What causes the most common type of birth injuries?
During the birthing process, in very unfortunate circumstances, a newborn baby may be physically injured. Some injuries are simply the result of the traumatic event of being born. However, it’s important to understand that some birth injuries are caused by medical negligence and certain cases may need to be evaluated by a Los Angeles birth...
Baby Birth Injury
The birth of a new baby is a joyous occasion. However, for those parents whose baby’s arrival is heralded by otherwise preventable birth injuries, this can also be a time of great anxiety and some sorrow. Birth injuries can be, but aren’t always, the result of identifiable medical malpractice. Serious injuries can result from malpractice...
What’s in a name? As it turns out, maybe the key to preventing over a third of hospital errors made with newborns. A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics reported that the way hospitals refer to newborn babies may cause up to 36% percent of medical errors made with the infants. The majority...
All preterm babies face a difficult road. Being born prematurely puts infants at risk for a host of medical complications and issues, including cerebral palsy. Not all premature babies are born with cerebral palsy. However, nearly half of babies born with cerebral palsy were premature. There is a connection between early birth, low birth weight,...
During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in a myriad of ways. While the majority of these changes benefit both the mother and her baby, some women’s bodies react to the changes of pregnancy poorly. The body may begin reacting differently to normal hormones, which may affect the success of the pregnancy. For nearly 18% of...
Every year, approximately 35,000 babies are born with a heart defect. Congenital heart problems affect up to 8 out of every 1,000 births, and can range in severity from a minor complication to a life-threatening condition which requires surgical correction. These congenital conditions can be caused by a genetic disorder, by medication taken by the...
The cesarean section, or C-section, is the most common surgery in the United States, accounting for over a third of all births. The procedure has been steadily rising in popularity over the past decade, and insurance carriers are fight back against this trend, urging doctors to stop scheduling expectant mothers for surgery. One reason for...
The birth of a child should be one of the happiest days of a parent’s life. When the birth is marred by a complication like shoulder dystocia, parents may be left mourning an injury to their child or the death of their infant instead. Shoulder dystocia is an obstetrical emergency which requires immediate treatment. When...
Pregnancy is a time of both great excitement and extraordinary stress. Mothers worry about everything that is happening to their body and their baby, and take great pains to address any abnormality which could be affecting the health of their child. Unfortunately, even these efforts don’t always ensure a complication-free pregnancy. Mothers who develop preeclampsia...
Childbirth has become so modernized in many ways that it is easy to forget how dangerous the process is for mother and baby. While shiny white hospitals give expecting mothers the illusion of safety, each year over 800 mothers will die in childbirth, and 26,000 infants will be stillborn. Sometimes, there is nothing that can...
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