Giving birth is a scary, exhilarating and rewarding experience. It could arguably consist of a mixture of all possible emotions, from pain and fear to love and joy. But for some mothers, giving birth has consequences to their bodies or to their baby that could affect them for the rest of their lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A brachial plexus injury is an often severe form of birth injury that is caused by physical trauma to the brachial plexus nerve cluster. These injuries are classified into three categories, including stretch, rupture and avulsion. These classifications describe the severity of the injury, with stretch being the most benign and avulsion being the most serious. A stretch brachial plexus injury occurs when the bundled nerve fibers at the base of the neck are stretched. These fibers run from the neck to the arm, and the stretching may range in severity from mild to serious.
Because it is a rare birth injury, Arizona parents might not be familiar with the condition known as Erb's palsy. Also known as brachial plexus birth palsy, this condition typically results from difficult deliveries and may affect movement and feeling in an infant's arm.