Though shoulder dystocia is rare, it is a potential risk during any vaginal delivery birth in an Arizona hospital. Shoulder dystocia occurs when an infant's shoulders get stuck in the mother's pelvis during childbirth. Most of the injuries that are caused by shoulder dystocia are minor, but a small percentage of these injuries can lead to permanent disability.
Arizona residents who have cerebral palsy may have developed it before, during or within a few months or years after their birth. CP occurs when there is some sort of damage to the brain that cause it to develop abnormally and results in a loss of motor control. For most people with CP, the damage occurred during or before birth.
In the United States, birth-related traumas occur in about 2.9% of all births. This trauma can be something minor like a scrape, cut or in more serious circumstances, something major like a fracture.
It is unfortunate that some Arizona infants suffer from kernicterus, a type of severe jaundice that can result in brain damage. Babies who develop kernicterus that was not correctly diagnosed or treated may be left with permanent disabilities.
There are many strong emotions that can come with a suspected birth injury: fear, sadness, anger, doubt, confusion. It can be especially hard when everything seemed to be going smoothly during the pregnancy and your family's struggle occurred unexpectedly.
Although a mother may plan for a vaginal delivery, issues at the time of labor can result in an Arizona doctor's decision to perform a cesarean delivery. Providers in the United States perform C-sections in approximately one-third of deliveries. However, the results of a study that has been published in a leading medical journal indicate that the maximum benefit in mitigating fetal or maternal deaths is achieved at a C-section rate of 19 percent. One of the most serious issues to consider in the U.S. is the fact that the nation has a high rate of maternal deaths compared to other developed nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.