Brain bleeds are especially dangerous because as leaking blood fills up space, the skull cannot expand and the brain is compressed. With enough bleeding, the brain gets compressed so much that oxygen-rich blood is prevented from flowing into the brain tissue. This lack of oxygen causes additional brain swelling.
The following information explains vacuum-assisted delivery, potential complications for the mother and birth injuries to her baby, and when vacuum extraction should never be performed.
Based on the location of the nerve damage, brachial plexus injuries can affect part of or the entire arm. How the nerve is damaged will also have an effect on movement, treatment, and prognosis.
Claims involving birth injury do not have to be filed until the child’s eighth birthday in most cases, but there are exceptions. This allows claims for injuries that may not have been apparent until a child entered school. Unfortunately, some claims, such as claims against a government-run hospital, have much shorter deadlines so it is important to contact an experienced birth injury attorney if you suspect that your child has a birth injury.
The University of Kansas Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has done something wonderful for parents whose newborn is in NICU. Parents can watch their baby via a live feed accessible from a variety of mobile devices including cellphones and tablets, as well as from desktop PCs.
Today, women are more vocal about how their pregnancies, and their own labor and delivery, and standards have care are now safer and more reasonable. Still, when a doctor fails to notice a condition or react properly during a medical emergency, the outcome can be just as bad for a mother and her baby as it was one hundred years ago.
Any pregnant woman who experiences these symptoms should immediately contact her doctor or go the the emergency room. Pain and bleeding — even in the absence of premature contractions — are the two class signs of placental abruption and your doctor should always take your concerns seriously because seeking immediate treatment for placental abruption may affect the outcome of the pregnancy.
There are two types of oxygen deprivation that can cause problems for a fetus or infant during (or after) delivery: Hypoxia and anoxia. Both are potentially life-threatening medical conditions that need to be quickly identified and corrected because when oxygen levels become too low brain damage and death can occur.
This video tells the story of Madison, a baby who was injured at birth and suffered an Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Injury that could have been prevented. Madison’s parents were told by the obstetrician that her injuries would resolve on their own. They did not and this video takes you from her birth to toddlerhood when she undergoes painful corrective surgeries and subsequent physical therapy.
Brachial plexus injuries often occur during the birthing process. Availability of brachial plexus statistics vary widely, but where figures are available the general consensus is that brachial plexus injuries occur in 2-5 out of 1000 births. More children suffer from brachial plexus injuries sustained at birth than Down Syndrome or Muscular Dystrophy – yet information on this disability is not so readily obtained. — Brandie Sierra Character-Martinez, mother of a child who suffers from BPI caused by medical malpractice
Approximately 1 in every 160 births in the United states is a stillbirth, but that terms is somewhat dismissive of the losses many woman face that are not counted.
Oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, can cause devastating injury to a fetus or newborn during pregnancy, labor, the birth process, and even in newborns after their birth. When the supply of oxygen to a baby is impaired serious brain injury resulting in lifelong seizure disorders, mental impairment, and cerebral palsy can result.
Hospitals are responsible for providing appropriate care to all their patients — including pregnant women who are received in an emergency room. Emergency room staff and medical personnel must make quick, accurate assessments involving the extent of injury to both mother and baby. Even after an assessment is made, treatment must carefully consider as any surgery, drugs, or medical procedures can affect the health and life of both mother and baby.
Are birth injuries from shoulder dystocia always a result of medical malpractice? No, however the failure to offer or provide a c-section to the mother after knowing an infant was abnormally large may qualify as negligence and malpractice if the infant experiences shoulder dystocia and is injured. Even if known risks were not present, shoulder dystocia can result in serious injury or death for both the mother and her baby and how an obstetrician and the hospital team responds to this medical emergency is critical. How an obstetrician does or does not respond to this emergency may be a case of medical neglect or malpractice.
Studies show that in that majority of stillbirths the cause of death can be determined, but most parents, reeling from their unexpected loss do not pursue an autopsy, or accept the reassurances of a hospital and doctor that their loss was “just one of those things.” Medical malpractice cases are complicated, especially those involving the death of a fetus so it is important that you speak to an attorney who has experience in dealing with birth injuries.
One of the greatest challenges for ER doctors is in treating pregnant women because the lives of two patients are at stake: that of the mother and her unborn child.
Approximately 1 on every 160 births in the United states is a stillbirth. A stillbirth is defined as the loss of a baby’s life after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and most stillbirths occurring prior to delivery. Prior to 20 weeks, your loss may be referred to (medically) as a miscarriage, which, to many women seems dismissive of their loss.
“The Court’s opinion is a big win for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers,” said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy. “For those who need to purchase health care coverage through the federal exchange – including many caregivers who have given up employer sponsored benefits in order to care for their loved ones with disabilities, affordable health care is a must. No family should go broke because they or their loved one has a medical need.”