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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...
While a pregnant woman may not be able to control when she goes into labor, the time of day when she delivers may have a significant impact on the outcome of the birth. In a study of over 700,000 births over six years, researchers found that infants born at night had a much higher risk...
Thousands of people around the world live their lives with the assistance of a brain shunt, which drains excess fluid from the brain. Excess cerebral fluid, a condition known as hydrocephalus, can be a congenital condition caused by spina bifida or another spinal malformation, or may be a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI),...
The decision to circumcise an infant is an intensely personal one. Whether circumcision is done for religious reasons, hygiene reasons, or just as a personal preference, many parents still worry about the risks of such a delicate surgery on a newborn. Circumcision errors and injuries are uncommon, but they do happen. When a circumcision is...
Because childbirth happens so frequently, it is easy to forget that the process is both a miracle, and a very dangerous event. Though thousands of women give birth across the country every day, there is still a risk for serious complications for both mother and baby. If you or someone you know is planning on...
After a baby is born, the infant is monitored and tested extensively for any medical conditions. With all of the exams and bloodwork, parents can usually be assured that any medical conditions in their newborn will be caught and treated. Because of all of the testing, kernicterus is referred to by physicians as a “never...
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