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Pregnancy-Related Injuries Archives

C-section complications and changing gloves

Arizona expectant women might be less likely to suffer complications from a Cesarean section if medical personnel change gloves before closing the abdominal wall. A study that was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that 6 percent of patients suffered a composite wound complication when clinicians changed gloves versus 13 percent when gloves were not changed.

Birth injuries when babies are too big for vaginal deliveries

Some Arizona women have pelvic bones that are too small for having vaginal births. This condition, which is called cephalopelvic disproportion, may happen because the women have naturally small pelvises, have pelvises that have been made smaller from previous fractures or because they are having large babies.

Failures to diagnose or treat group B strep infections

In Arizona, some pregnant women are carriers of group B streptococcus, a bacteria that is commonly found in the rectum and the vagina. While this bacteria is harmless for adults, mothers can pass it to their babies, and the infants can suffer serious health effects as a result. If your doctor failed to properly diagnose group B strep or to treat it appropriately, you may have sufficient legal grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Pregnancy may trigger Graves' disease in some women

Women in Arizona and across the nation are at a much higher risk for developing Graves' disease than men. The autoimmune disease affects women at 10 times the rate that it affects men, and pregnancy is believed to be a possible trigger for the disease. Around 30 percent of women who get Graves' disease during young adulthood were pregnant at some point in the preceding 12 months before diagnosis.

When your child has been injured during childbirth

When a parent's child is injured during childbirth, the child may be left with lifelong disabilities. In the event that your child suffered a birth injury in Arizona due to the negligence of the medical staff, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice civil lawsuit on your child's behalf.

Highlighting the dangers of pregnancy for Arizona mothers

Until the 1930s, roughly 1 percent of American mothers died during childbirth. While medical advances reduced that rate to about eight deaths per 100,000 births by 1987, since that time the rate of mortality during childbirth has increased to about 18.5 deaths per 100,000 births. These figures are based on mothers who passed away within 42 days of giving birth to their child.

Stillbirths as a result of medical malpractice

Arizona individuals may be unaware that stillbirths occur in roughly 1 out of 160 births, and about 30 percent of the time, the cause is not known. The other two-thirds of stillbirths happen for a number of different reasons including birth defects, placental problems, infections, trauma and umbilical cord accidents. Individuals who have lost a baby due to stillbirth may wish to have an autopsy performed if they do not know the cause.

Pregnancy complications lead to more maternal deaths

The maternal mortality rate has increased in the United States during the last 20 years, according to a new report that looked at the maternal complication and death rate around the world. The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. has increased to 18.5 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. This is an increase from the 12.4 maternal deaths reported back in 1990. 

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