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.
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.
Approximately 27,000 babies are born at home during a planned home birth every year in the United States. Although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that hospitals and birth centers are the safest place to give birth, every woman has the right to make an informed decision about her and her baby’s health.
Expectant parents often relish the various stages of a pregnancy. It is typical to enjoy feeling a developing fetus kick, listening to the heartbeat and deciding on a name. But in some cases, pregnancy quickly shifts from exciting to terrifying when something is wrong with the baby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birth injuries can range from relatively minor to severe and even life threatening. Similarly, the range of causes may vary from unavoidable events to entirely preventable health care mistakes. One of the more problematic aspects of birth injuries for Arizona parents is that the symptoms might not present themselves in the days immediately after birth.
Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by abnormal brain development or a serious brain injury during the early development of a baby's cerebrum. The condition can be seriously disabling for those who suffer from it, as it can negatively affect the individual's ability to control the muscles of the body that are in charge of movement, posture and speech.