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Birth Injuries Archives

New study calls doctors to reduce maternal mortality rate in US

The United States is progressive in many areas but continues to lack the ability to provide quality medical care for pregnant women. Women in the U.S. are more likely to suffer fatal complications resulting from pregnancy, labor and delivery than any other high-income country.

What is uterine rupture?

A uterine rupture occurs when there is tearing within the uterus, usually during labor. It can result in the fetus entering the mother's abdominal cavity. This catastrophic complication can result in the death of infant and mother.

Consider the long-term effects of Cerebral Palsy

A Cerebral Palsy diagnosis might be hard to accept. And if you do not know what to expect, it can be scary. Throughout your pregnancy, you likely advocated for your healthcare needs, and those of your baby. Yet, even after the healthiest pregnancy, it is possible to suffer from problems caused by a doctor's negligence.

Study finds connection between large head size and birth injury

Injuries to the white matter of the brain increase the risk of cerebral palsy. A recent study, published in Obstetrics and Gynecology International, dug into whether the size of an infant's head would increase the risk of brain damage during labor and delivery and ultimately increase the risk of a cerebral palsy diagnosis.

New study on obstetric med mal cases and high-severity injuries

A recent study analyzed medical malpractice claims against obstetricians. Researchers found that although obstetric liability claims compose a small portion of all med mal lawsuits, the claims are often much greater in severity than other medical liability claims. The financial costs tied to these claims are often astronomical as a claim involving an infant often takes into account the likelihood of a lifetime of future medical care costs.

Early induction of labor and increased risk of birth injury

Early induction of labor is medically necessary in certain situations. Examples can include a pregnancy that is more than two weeks post term, an infection within the uterus or if the mother has a high blood pressure disorder. Without an appropriate justification, early induction is not recommended as the risks can outweigh the benefits. These risks can include a diminished oxygen supply to the infant and serious bleeding problems for the mother.

The correlation between counting kicks & reduced stillbirth rate

Prenatal care providers encourage mothers in their third trimester of pregnancy to monitor fetal movement. This generally involves counting kicks. In many cases, the obstetrician, family practitioner or other prenatal care provider will task the mother with logging kicks over a 10-minute time span. The physician would then encourage the mother to reach out and schedule an appointment in the event the mother notices decreased movement.

When is placental abruption a sign of medical malpractice?

Parents often prepare for the birth of a child by seeking prenatal care. This form of medical care generally involves multiple visits to an obstetrician, gynecologist or other medical specialists to discuss basic prenatal care and take tests to measure and monitor the health of the mother and baby.

Study finds Group B Strep infections linked to 147K stillbirths

An estimated 21 million pregnant women carry the Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria. This translates to one in every five pregnant women. Without treatment, this bacterium can result in serious injury, including stillbirth. This piece will provide some information on this dangerous infection and explore the findings of the study.

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