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.
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.
Complications can occur during labor and delivery. One complication that can have long-term effects on an infant is birth asphyxia.
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.
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.