Every woman doesn’t have the same experience when it comes to giving birth to a baby. Some women choose to give birth in a hospital so that an obstetrician and medical staff with specialized training are available to make sure everything goes as planned. Others choose to have a midwife deliver their baby at home instead of at a hospital. Regardless of the chosen location, every parent wants to ensure the delivery of their baby is safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that out of every 1,000 births in the United States, six of the babies are injured during the process of delivery. There are a variety of ways in which the children are injured and sometimes the injuries are life threatening or significantly life altering. Injuries that occur during the delivery process can ultimately result in death. An example of an injury that can significantly impact the life of a child is the type of brain injury that can cause cerebral palsy. Another condition is brachial plexus, which is an injury to the child’s shoulder.

One of the reason why so much effort goes into prenatal care is because it can boost the chances of the mother having a healthy baby and minimize the chances of complications. Prenatal care offers an opportunity to learn about the physiology of the mother, which can enable medical staff to better prepare for the birth. Unfortunately, despite the many efforts that go into prenatal care, preventable birth injuries still occur at a surprising level of frequency.

From the time a woman becomes pregnant until she gives birth, there are many opportunities for her doctor to assess the condition of both the mother and the baby. This includes finding out the size of the unborn child, which can aid in understanding whether any special measures are necessary based on the size of the mother’s pelvis. Some doctors conclude that a C-section is warranted because vaginal delivery would be problematic. This is primarily an issue when a woman has a pelvis that’s narrow.

The key reason why a narrow pelvis may warrant a C-section is because the delivery process could result in the deprivation of oxygen, which might subsequently cause a brain injury to the baby. This type of injury is known as neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition caused by intrapartum oxygen deprivation. HIE occurs when the amount of oxygen the baby should receive is interrupted. One of the reasons why oxygen is interrupted is because of a placental abruption, which is when the placenta is partly detached from the uterine wall.

In many cases, an hypoxic injury is the result of negligence on behalf of the medical staff. Whether it’s the nurse, doctor, midwife or another member of the medical team, errors can have a significant impact on both the baby and mother. In fact, the majority of injuries that occur during labor and delivery are caused by the failure of medical personnel to recognize fetal distress and provide the appropriate care and response. The medical team should constantly assess the condition of the fetus through the use of electronic fetal monitoring systems from the time the mother arrives to the hospital.

A common way in which a baby experiences distress during birth is when forceps are used incorrectly. In some instances it’s simply a matter of excessive force that causes preventable problems, such as oxygen deprivation that can lead to brain injuries. These types of brain injuries can be severe and permanent. Another way in which injuries occur during delivery is through the incorrect use of medication given to the mother. This is an issue that can cause problems for both the mother and the child.

Studies have shown that many labor and delivery errors are progressive, meaning one mistake often leads to another, which causes more severe problems. When this is happening, there is sometimes a failure to recognize the need for a C-section to avoid further damage. In fact, failure to perform a C-section when warranted is a mistake that can be fatal.

Macrosomia is a term used for when an unborn baby is more than 90 percent of the average weight of babies. This means the mother is at an exceptionally high risk and a vaginal delivery is likely not the best option. It’s been estimated by the American Academy of Pediatrics that more than 10 percent of pregnancies across America are a case of macrosomia. Generally speaking, most doctors consider a baby that weighs more than 9 pounds and 15 ounces to be a case of macrosomia. To prevent the dangers associated with vaginal delivery under these circumstances, doctors must know the signs of the condition.

The professionals at Zayed Law Offices are adept at handling cases involving birth injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced this issue, contact Zayed Law Offices today for a consultation.