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Birth Injuries in Chicago
Because most babies are delivered head first, a newborn’s head, neck and shoulders are most at risk of injury, although birth injuries are as diverse as the babies themselves.
According to experts, there are two main reasons why babies suffer birth injuries – either prenatal care was lacking (the mother took illicit or prescription drugs) or a doctor fails to properly assess risk factors or respond to emergency situations, causing problems due to medical negligence.
While cases are most often associated with a mother’s actions, prenatal care can also fall under medical negligence, especially if a doctor fails to diagnose pregnancy-related disorders. Some common problems associated with pregnancy include gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure than can divert oxygen-rich blood from the baby, potentially causing brain damage if blood flow slows enough to kill off brain cells that need oxygen to survive.
About 33 percent of all births in the United States are cesarean sections, which are often chosen over vaginal birth to prevent birth injuries if the baby is too large or the mother’s birth canal is too small, among other things.
C-sections can also be performed after labor begins naturally but either stalls or becomes a risk factor for either the mother or baby.
While most C-sections are safe, there are potential risk factors for injuries, including:
Cuts and lacerations. While most cuts are superficial, some babies may require stitches or can suffer permanent disfigurement if a C-section is performed improperly. Potential injuries include the amputation of fingers or organ damage.
Oxygen-related injuries. If a C-section is performed too late in the delivery, a baby can experience long-term loss of oxygen, resulting in developmental delays. Too, a child delivered prematurely via cesarean can have lungs that are not fully developed, which can potentially lead to brain damage due to loss of oxygen.
Wrongful death. While rare, injuries that occur during an improperly performed cesarean section can lead to the wrongful death of a baby.
Birth trauma is more common in the following situations:
Larger babies – more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces – may be too big to pass through the birth canal successfully, especially if the mother’s pelvis is narrow.
Babies that are positioned abnormally at birth, such as in a breech, or buttocks first, position, are more at risk of injury.
Babies who are premature are more prone to injury.
Babies born after a prolonged labor may require the use of assisted birth instruments such as forceps or vacuum extraction, which can be used incorrectly.
Babies whose deliveries are difficult, especially in cases of shoulder dystocia, may experience nerve damage that can be severe enough to cause paralysis.
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