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Did vacuum extraction or forceps delivery harm your baby?

After learning of your pregnancy, you may have felt a variety of emotions. They likely ranged from overjoyed to anxious as having a baby can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. While you likely did all that you could during the months leading up to your child's birth to ensure his or her health, you may still have had worries about the delivery itself.

Unfortunately, birth injuries do happen. The reasons behind these injuries may vary, but in some instances, negligence on the part of the doctor or other medical staff could easily result in your baby suffering trauma. If your baby suffered serious injuries at the time of birth, you may wonder whether tools used during delivery may have contributed to or directly caused the injuries.

How a uterine rupture can tear your life apart

As an expectant mother, you already have a lot on your mind. Preparing for the arrival of your bundle of joy is exciting, to be sure, but it can also be stressful and exhausting, which is only one of the reasons you rely on your health care provider to keep both you and your littlest family member safe and healthy. OB-GYNs are specially trained to recognize and treat complications that arise during pregnancy, labor and delivery, so you trust them for all issues medical-related.

What happens, though, when that trust is misplaced? What happens when dangerous complications arise, but the doctor or nurse is too careless to notice or fails to take appropriate measures to address the issue? Sadly, in these types of situations, such as the rare but frequently life-threatening case of a uterine rupture, the life of both you and your child are at stake. So what, exactly, is a uterine rupture, and just how large of a threat does it pose to you and your baby?

Don't get pushed into unnecessary labor and delivery procedures

Having a baby, for many women, is one of the most joyous experiences of a lifetime. Unfortunately, thanks to the state of the U.S. health care system, it may be one of the most dangerous occasions as well, for both you and your newborn. In fact, terrifyingly, compared to several other leading nations, babies in the United States are over two times as likely to die before they reach the age of one!

Perhaps equally upsetting, America is behind almost every other country in the world when it comes to preventing maternal death from pregnancy and childbirth, with a mortality rate that is rising as opposed to dropping. How is this even possible, and is there anything that expectant mothers can do to protect themselves and their children?

Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome: dangers of misdiagnosis

A serious birth injury can affect both mothers and children alike. Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome are two of the deadlier disorders of pregnancy and birth. Unfortunately, a medical care system that focuses more on the well-being of the infant can overlook serious symptoms of the mother.

Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome kill approximately 70 women in the United States every year. The illness, when appropriately diagnosed, is highly treatable. But if a physician allows the disorder to go unchecked, families may need to find solutions for the damages that can be fatal to both mother and child. In Chicago, this may mean consulting with an attorney.

Hypoxia: What it means for the health and well being of your baby

When medical personnel make mistakes during the process of delivering a baby, innocent babies and their mothers can suffer greatly. It is frightening and overwhelming for Illinois parents to learn that their newborn suffered an injury during the birth process. In many cases, these injuries lead to permanent defects, resulting in a life of complex medical needs and challenges.

One of the issues that occurs often during birth is hypoxia. Hypoxia, or intrauterine hypoxia, is the deprivation of oxygen for the fetus. This can happen before the actual delivery, during the birth process or immediately after. If your child suffered from hypoxia during his or her birth, it could be the result of medical negligence or mistake.

The alarming link between birth injury and developmental delays

While exciting and joyous, childbirth can also be a dangerous time, both for mother and baby. Unfortunately for concerned parents, there are any number of things that can go wrong, leading to complications and health problems immediately or even months or years down the road.

Perhaps the worst, though, is when these injuries to tiny, fragile newborns are preventable through proper care and medical precautions, but occur anyway due to mistakes or negligence on the part of careless medical professionals. Injuries at birth can result in developmental delays that affect the child's growth and brain development. How do these tragic injuries occur, and is there anything you can do?

A missed diagnosis: U.S. maternal mortality rate is unacceptable

As an expectant mother, when you discover that you are pregnant, your focus is likely on the health of your child. You want your child to be healthy and hope for minimal childbirth complications. 

In the past decade, however, the focus on infant well-being has drawn attention away from maternal health. The story of neonatal intensive care nurse Lauren Bloomstein was recently featured in an in-depth analysis of maternal mortality rates in the United States. While most of the developed world is experiencing a decline in maternal mortality, maternal mortality rates in the U.S. continue to rise at an unacceptable rate.

Can an Intracranial Hemorrhage Result from a Birth Injury?

No matter what the circumstances surrounding a birth injury are, they always cause a significant amount of stress for the baby, the parents, and the medical team. However, birth injuries range in severity from very mild to exceedingly severe. One of the most severe, and devastating, injuries that can occur is an intracranial hemorrhage.

Broken Clavicle: A Common Birth Injury

A trip to the hospital to deliver a child is supposed to be one of the few times that a couple travels to the hospital in a happy mood. They are looking forward to welcoming a new member into their family and only want for their new child to be healthy. Unfortunately, the childbirth process doesn't always go as planned and sometimes there are complications along the way.

While some complications are unavoidable, other complications can lead to birth injuries that could have been avoided. One of the most common birth injuries that occurs during the labor and delivery process is a clavicle fracture. 

Can a Forceps-Assisted Delivery Cause Birth Injuries?

No family goes into the delivery room expecting problems to arise with the delivery process; however, sometimes physicians need to use extra equipment to help the baby travel through the birth canal. In an earlier post, the vacuum extraction assisted vaginal deliveries were discussed. Along with vacuum extraction, forceps can also help extract the baby from the birth canal.

It is important for everyone going through a pregnancy to understand situations where physicians might use forceps to assist in the delivery process. Parents should also understand the injuries that the improper use of forceps can cause.

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