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Birth injuries can be caused by mother's use of antidepressants

Even with the knowledge and technology available to today's doctors, emergencies can still occur during the delivery of a baby. Doctors and their teams must be ready to act at a moment's notice should an infant become in danger of suffering a birth injuryy. Hopefully, any possible dangers to a baby's health and well-being will be properly responded to.

Cerebral palsy: Understanding the signs and symptoms

Many people in Arizona have likely heard of cerebral palsy. Often caused before or during the birth process, cerebral palsy is a condition defined by slowness in the brain that makes it difficult for a person to control his or her muscles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in 323 children in the United States have cerebral palsy.

Arizona birth injuries may be preventable

Arizona parents who are expecting a child may wish to examine their healthcare provider's safety protocols for delivery methods. A report in the Huffington Post indicates that four different hospital groups had initiated basic safety programs that showed a vast reduction in the frequency of birth injuries and a correlative drop in malpractice actions undertaken because of them. These findings suggest that such protocols had a major impact on the potential well-being of mother and child, both during and after birth.

Laryngeal nerve injury during birth

Expectant mothers and their infants in the state of Arizona sometimes have a difficult and risky experience before them. It is possible for conditions in the womb to be such as to cause harm to the developing fetus, and the stress and trauma of the delivery process also has the potential to inflict serious injuries. One of the most commonly encountered forms of birth trauma is disturbance of the laryngeal nerve, an important nerve located in the neck.

The month of March is dedicated to cerebral palsy awareness

Parents hope their children grow up healthy, happy and able to find their place in the world. But this simple wish can become more complicated should a child suffer a life-altering birth injury. If an infant's brain does not receive enough oxygen during the pregnancy or birth, then that infant could ultimately suffer from cerebral palsy.

Certain infant behaviors could be indicative of traumatic birth

The birth of a baby is an exciting event in every parent’s life. But the doctor and staff in the delivery room must be prepared to handle any emergencies. This is critical because a birth injury could have a profound impact on an infant’s future health and personal development.

Forceps delivery and medical malpractice

Individuals in Arizona may wonder about the safety of delivering babies using forceps. Forceps delivery is used when the doctor perceives that the labor is proceeding too slowly for some reason. This might be because the baby seems stressed, the mother is too tired to push or there is some medical condition that makes the use of forceps necessary.

Health officials trying to decrease number of C-sections

When a woman checks into a hospital to deliver her baby, the hope is that there will be no complications. But even if all precautions are taken in advance, there is a chance that things may not go as planned in the delivery room. Careful consideration should be given to how a delivery process is to proceed should the unexpected happen. For example, conditions can arise wherein a doctor may choose to conduct a cesarean section.

Certain circumstances could make forceps delivery an option

An expectant mother can have many worries leading up to the birth of her child. Of paramount concern is the baby’s health. Hopefully, when the time arrives, the infant will be delivered without complications. Modern medical equipment and procedures help to ensure that should an issue arise, both mother and child can receive the treatment they need for an ultimately successful birth.

What is shoulder dystocia?

There are a variety of different problems that could arise during birth, and unfortunately, some of these incidents are related to medical mistakes. One of the most serious emergencies experienced by doctors in Arizona is known as shoulder dystocia. This occurs after the baby's head has emerged from the birth canal during delivery. It is when the infant's shoulder becomes stuck and unable to pass through.

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