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Birth Injuries Archives

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.

Who is liable for a birth injury?

When a baby suffers from an injury during birth, the parents may wonder what parties can be named as defendants in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Determining who is liable for a birth injury will depend greatly on the type of injury that occurred and the circumstances that surrounded it. Potential parties include health care facilities, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and pharmaceutical companies.

Medical malpractice and giving birth

Expecting mothers in Arizona may want to know that infants can suffer injuries during the birthing process for a number of reasons. The prolonged pressure endured by the baby during a long labor may cause harm. If a woman has an irregularly sized pelvis, her infant may become lodged and require that a physician use forceps or vacuum extraction. These methods can also cause trauma. Babies can also be harmed during birth when they are in a transverse position or a breech. Babies weighing more than 9 pounds, 14.7 ounces are at a greater risk of being hurt during birth.

Many factors can cause brain injuries in newborns

Roughly one in 1,000 full-term babies born in the United States suffer a brain injury, according to a new report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Brain injuries in newborns can cause life-long damage and complications. Brain injuries at birth can cause cerebral palsy and other disabilities that can impact the rest of the baby's life. 

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