Few things are more heart-wrenching than visiting with children suffering from birth injuries. Many of them are sweet-natured and fun-loving. Most of these children are generally aware that they are different from other kids, but otherwise have the same childlike enthusiasm for life. However, the parents of those children are certainly aware of their kids' special needs.
As we discussed last week, premature birth is one of the leading causes of neonatal death. That post might have some of our Texas readers wanting to know more about premature births. Getting some answers to common questions might help some of our readers to better understand premature births.
In a previous blog post, we discussed the inherent risk of birth injuries during normal childbirth. A host of problems can occur when medical professionals mishandle an infant using forceps as the child emerges from the birth canal. Some of these birth injuries are immediately apparent on the infant such as broken clavicles or excessive bruising. Other injuries like cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy may take longer for the symptoms to develop.
Parents expecting the birth of a child are often worried about the risks of potential harm to their baby during childbirth. In an earlier blog post, we looked at four types of birth injuries that are commonly associated with vaginal delivery.
Birth injuries are events that no expectant parents think will happen to them. For some expectant parents, however, things go wrong in the delivery room, and the baby is hurt. These injuries can be serious and can sometimes lead to lifelong consequences for the baby. Our Texas readers might like to know more about the types of injuries that can occur during labor and birth.
As discussed in a previous article on our law blog, cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to neurological disorders that occur in children as their brains are developing. Most of the time, cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury the child suffers during fetal development. However, cerebral palsy can also occur as a result of a birth injury caused by doctor error or similar hospital negligence. A medical professional lacking proper training or experience can harm the child in a way that will bring about the onset of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is the term used to refer to a number of neurological disorders that sometimes occur in the developing brains of children. These disorders are usually the result of brain injury suffered by the child during fetal development, just prior to, during and shortly after birth and during infancy or during early childhood development.
With around one-third of deliveries being done as cesarean sections instead of vaginal births, almost every pregnant woman has at least some knowledge about the surgical procedure. Two major medical societies, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have issued new guidelines for this surgical procedure that might reduce the number of C-sections being performed.
C-section deliveries are the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Although rare, sometimes the surgical procedure can injury newborns during the delivery process. However, a new device, called C SAFE, may reduce injuries during C-sections in Texas and around the country.