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Birth Injuries Archives

Diagnosing preeclampsia during pregnancy

While many Arizona women experience a normal pregnancy with no major complications, others may experience dangerous or even life-threatening complications that could have an impact on both the mother and baby. One of these conditions is preeclampsia, which affects the mother's blood pressure and increases protein in her urine.

Parents to receive $42 from federal government

Children in Arizona or elsewhere who are injured at birth may have special needs for the rest of their lives. One boy in Pennsylvania is likely to need a motorized wheelchair later in life because of how forceps were used in his delivery. The child is currently five-years-old and is unable to speak, read or write. His parents won a $42 million judgment in a claim made against the federal government.

Understanding Erb's palsy in infants

Parents in Arizona may be interested in information about Erb's palsy, a rare birth defect that affects arm movement. The condition, which affects one or two out of every 1,000 infants, is often caused by stretching during a difficult delivery. Medical intervention is rarely necessary, and most infants recover arm feeling and movement within two years.

Hypoxia: what it is, and how to prevent it

Hypoxia is a type of birth injury that all expectant mothers in Arizona should watch out for. The condition arises when a baby suffers a shortage of oxygen before, during, or after delivery, and if not treated promptly, it can lead to cognitive deficits, cerebral palsy, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a condition in the brain caused by asphyxia.

Reckless use of labor-inducing drugs linked to birth injuries

The impending birth of a new family member is an exciting time for Arizona parents, but the process always carries with it elements of risk for the mother and infant. Although medical personnel generally strive to produce healthy outcomes, physicians sometimes fail to think through the consequences of inducing labor with drugs. The administration of oxytocin, Pitocin or prostaglandin during your birth could have been the step that deprived your infant of oxygen or led to your unnecessary C-section surgery or uterine rupture.

9-year-old awarded $3 million for birth injury

Arizona women who are getting ready to give birth may be interested to learn that a jury awarded $3 million to a child who was injured during the delivery process. According to the lawsuit, an obstetrician forcefully pulled an infant out by his head, causing permanent nerve damage to the right arm.

Jury says obstetrician negligent in birth injury case

Arizona residents may be interested in the details of a medical malpractice case that involved a birth injury. A mother has been awarded $3 million on behalf of her now 9-year-old son after a jury decided that the obstetrician who delivered him is responsible for nerve damage that partially paralyzed the boy's right arm.

Brachial plexus birth injuries

Many Arizona expectant parents await the birth of their children anxiously because of the risk of complications or a birth injury. A difficult birth or breech birth increases the chance of a neonatal brachial plexus palsy injury occurring. When this happens, the nerves in the shoulder experience damage. It could happen when an infant's shoulders go through the birth canal and the head and neck get yanked to one side. Strain on the shoulders during delivery causes the condition as well. Although Cesarean deliveries usually take place instead of allowing a breech delivery to progress, a breech birth can also place pressure on an infant's shoulders and result in an injury.

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