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Compensation for Arizonans with brachial plexus nerve damage

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.

What is Erb's palsy?

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.

Doctors should work carefully to prevent birth injuries

An ancient Chinese text known as the Tao Te Ching offers the following instructions to midwives: “You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss.” Though this quote is thousands of years old, it can hold true for today’s doctors who help women deliver their infants. The goal is the same now as it was then, to see to the safe delivery of a baby. And yet, after all this time, birth injuries can still occur.

The possible causes and effects of hypoxia

Expectant parents can generally feel confident that the delivery of their baby in a hospital or other health care facility will happen without incident. Serious birth injuries can be prevented by the ability of doctors to respond quickly and properly to potential threats.

Why are more doctors failing to warn about environmental risks?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to toxic substances such as solvents and heavy metals can be harmful to a pregnant mother and her child because they can cause birth defects, developmental complications and even miscarriages. But according to a recent survey, less than 20 percent of obstetricians said they told their pregnant patients about these environmental dangers.

Preeclampsia: the birth injury that women should be warned about

Imagine that you are a new mother. You have just delivered your first child without incident. But only days after being released from the hospital you experience dizziness, excessive nausea and vomiting, your reflexes have slowed and you're suffering from more severe headaches than usual. Would you think this was a normal part of giving birth or would you recognize this as the warning signs of postpartum preeclampsia?

Could hospitals do more to detect brain damage after birth?

After a baby is born, most parents want to know how their child is doing. Are they breathing properly? Were there any complications? And while most parents are relieved to hear that their child was born without incident, for some parents this isn’t the case and a birth injury has occurred.

Are water births safe? Experts disagree greatly

Are you an expecting parent-to-be?  If so, have you considered how you want your child to be delivered?  If you’re unsure how to answer either these questions then you’re not alone.  A lot of mothers across the nation, including many here in Arizona, have these same questions as well as the same concerns about which method of delivery is the safest for their specific situation.  In today’s blog post, we wanted to focus specifically on water births and what dangers this form of delivery can bring with it.

New cesarean section guidelines urge patience during delivery

Health care providers in Phoenix, Arizona, and throughout the country are tasked with continuing education requirements as part of continued licensing. Doctors must stay informed about new ideas, innovations and discoveries in their niche. For obstetricians, new guidelines regarding cesarean sections could change the way many approach the delivery room.

New study shows delayed delivery not always a bad thing

For women in Phoenix, Arizona, who are dealing with pregnancy, the last few weeks are often filled with anticipation, excitement and worry. For some, the baby can't be born fast enough, and no one wants to go through a prolonged or delayed delivery process. A recent study published in "Obstetrics and Gynecology," however, suggests that a lengthy labor isn't necessarily grounds for medical intervention.

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