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Birth Injuries Archives

Causes and symptoms of infant brachial plexus injury

Neonatal brachial plexus palsy is a type of injury that infants may sustain during birth in an Arizona hospital. It is a type of shoulder injury that happens when the baby's shoulders are stretched in a head-first delivery or pulled to the side. It may also happen if the baby's arms are raised and pressure is placed on them in a breech delivery.

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.

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.

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