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Erb's palsy: causes, symptoms and dealing with the aftermath

We provided some basic information regarding Erb's palsy in a post from 2014, noting in our October 27 entry of that year that an affected infant's parents "may be entitled to financial compensation through a medical malpractice claim."

High-risk deliveries sometimes result in birth injuries

No two child deliveries are the same. Some deliveries have circumstances that could make the delivery more difficult or complicated than usual. There are many different things that could cause a delivery to be a high-risk delivery. On our high-risk delivery page, we point out some of the factors that can contribute to a delivery being high-risk. 

Birth injuries may be caused by accepted monitoring procedure

Arizona expectant parents may want to forgo a prevalent procedure known as continuous electronic fetal monitoring. Continuous EFM involves observing babies in the womb using externally placed ultrasound transducers and internal devices, such as heart rate monitors, but observers note that since their introduction in the 1960s and subsequent widespread adoption across the nation, such actions have done little to improve birthing outcomes.

How do birth defects and birth injuries differ?

Sometimes, complications may arise after a child is born. If an infant exhibits abnormal symptoms, it is very important that he or she be diagnosed to discover the cause. Complications may be the result of a birth injury or a birth defect. But in what ways do these two forms of complications differ?

Infants who suffer from drug withdrawal face health issues

During pregnancy, it is very important for a woman to take care of herself and maintain her health and strength. And while there can be circumstances in which a woman may need to use prescription medications while pregnant, care must be taken regarding the kinds of drugs that are prescribed. Medicine consumed by a mother could cause birth injuries to the child she is carrying.

Inducing labor for large babies may prevent complications

Shoulder dystocia is a condition caused during birth when a baby's head is delivered but the child's shoulder or shoulders become stuck on the mother's pelvic bone and are not able to emerge. Although this occurs only in about 1 percent of normal-size births, one in 10 oversized babies will experience this complication. Doctors have discovered that inducing labor may help to prevent this issue.

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