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Inducing labor could prevent birth injuries to large babies

According to a European study, some pregnant women with exceptionally large babies could benefit from labor induction. Arizona mothers might be interested to learn that doing this could reduce the risk of the babies' shoulders becoming stuck during birth, a condition called shoulder dystocia. This occurs when the head of the baby comes out but one or both of the shoulders become lodged behind the pelvic bone of the mother. This prevents the remainder of the baby from emerging and puts them at risk of suffering spinal nerve damage, suffocation and bone fractures. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that this condition happens in approximately 1 percent of births that involve babies of normal weight but in approximately 10 percent of births with oversized infants.

Common kinds of Arizona birth trauma

Birth is a traumatic experience for the infant, and can occasionally lead to injuries. However, many Arizona births involve some form of trauma that is caused or compounded by the negligence of medical staff. Common types of birth trauma involve broken bones or dislocated joints, which can lead to problems later in life if these injuries are not detected promptly and treated correctly.

Jaundice leading to brain damage in infants

While it is relatively common for babies in Arizona to be born with slight jaundice, if the condition is not properly treated, the buildup of bilirubin in the infant's system may lead to permanent brain damage. If your baby suffered from chronic bilirubin encephalopathy that was not promptly addressed, your child may be left with permanent and heartbreaking brain damage as a result.

Laryngeal nerve injury in newborns

Laryngeal nerve injury is a problem that can affect newborns in Arizona. When an infant's laryngeal nerve is injured, the injury causes a disturbance that can affect the infant's ability to breath and swallow normally. Babies who are born with a laryngeal nerve injury usually have a hoarse cry or respiratory stridor due to paralysis of the laryngeal nerve.

Birth injuries due to medical malpractice

Some women who live in Arizona prefer the process of a natural birth as opposed to the cesarean section delivery method. When intervention is required, however, vacuum suction and forceps delivery can ease a difficult vaginal delivery. The decision to use one method over the other in assisted vaginal delivery is typically based on the clinical situation involved and the expertise of the doctor.

Medications and circumstances to avoid during pregnancy

Arizona pregnant women may not be aware about the growing number of medications that have been linked with birth defects and even infant fatalities. In addition to not smoking or drinking during pregnancy, certain other circumstances should be avoided if possible to prevent harm to the fetus.

Congenital heart defect causes and treatments

Prospective parents in Arizona might be surprised to learn that congenital heart defects, or structural problems in the heart, occur in more than 32,000 infants every year and are the primary cause of defect-related deaths. Affecting the different areas of the heart and how the heart functions, some defects include an Ebstein's anomaly, a tricuspid valve atresia, pulmonary valve stenosis and an aortic valve stenosis.

Erb's palsy treatments

Erb's palsy is a birth injury that affects the network of nerves that give movement and range of motion to the shoulder, arm, hands, and fingers. It usually results from difficult and prolonged labor, and the condition results in stiffness, weakness, and sometimes loss of motion in the affected arm. Based on national statistics, one out of every 1000 babies born in Arizona will be affected by this condition.

What is Erb's Palsy?

Arizona residents expecting a newborn may not know about Erb's palsy, a condition also known as brachial plexus birth palsy. There are multiple conditions related to Erb's Palsy, and the main symptoms include weakness and complete or partial loss of motion in one arm. The condition was named for Wilhelm Erb, one of the first physicians to describe its characteristics.

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