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Military service members face barriers in malpractice cases

Members of the military in Arizona could experience significant legal barriers when attempting to collect compensation after a medical injury. The Feres doctrine is a federal law that prevents military personnel and their families from suing the federal government for injuries resulting from activities related to military service. Although the Feres doctrine has been unsuccessfully challenged since its establishment in 1950, another family has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court after an infant girl suffered brain and nerve damage from birth injuries that happened at a hospital operated by the U.S. Army.

An overview of obstetric fistula

Expectant mothers in Arizona have a relatively low risk of experiencing obstetric fistula during childbirth. Although this birth injury has the potential to cause the death of an infant and to seriously impact the health of a mother, medical progress during the 20th century has resulted in high-income nations having practically no occurrences of this issue. Fistula is most common in remote areas where access to health services is minimal, especially in some parts of Asia and in portions of Africa. Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that as many as three of every 1,000 pregnant women in ares with high mortality rates for mothers are affected by fistula.

Researchers say the "weekend effect" is real in obstetrics

Pregnant women in Arizona may not want to induce labor on the weekend. A new study by the Imperial College London found that births that take place on Saturdays and Sundays are riskier than weekday births. The results of the study confirmed the existence of the 'weekend effect," a phenomenon that has been studied extensively in several different areas of health care.

PTSD after giving birth

While most Arizona couples have probably heard of post-traumatic stress disorder, they may mostly think about the syndrome in terms of vets returning from war. PTSD, however, can occur to anyone who goes through a traumatic experience. Some women develop it after going through a difficult experience during childbirth and labor.

Potential dangers of EFM

Electronic fetal monitoring, or EFM, is one of the tools most used by obstetricians and other birth medical providers to monitor the unborn baby during pregnancy and birth. Though culturally widely accepted, with over 85 percent of American pregnant women undergoing EFM, countless studies have shown that EFM and fetal death prevention are not correlated. Arizona residents who might be having or are considering having a baby might be interested in finding out the risks posed by the practice before making a decision about using it.

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.

Premature labor in Florida pregnancies

Women around the country experience premature labor in about 12 percent of all pregnancies. This type of labor is defined as going into labor prior to the 37th week of pregnancy, and increases the risk of potential health and neurological problems if it occurs between the 20th and 32nd weeks. Seeking medical attention for contractions occurring more than five times in one hour is important to ensure proper diagnosis and care.

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.

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