The Hard Reality of Birthing Injuries

The Hard Reality of Birthing Injuries

ihblog-birthinjuryThe unfortunate reality of childbirth is that not every baby is born strong and healthy. While some infants may be born with birth defects (structural or functional abnormalities that are present at or before delivery), others may actually sustain a physical injury during the birthing process. These children often go on to face a lifetime […]

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The unfortunate reality of childbirth is that not every baby is born strong and healthy. While some infants may be born with birth defects (structural or functional abnormalities that are present at or before delivery), others may actually sustain a physical injury during the birthing process. These children often go on to face a lifetime of disability, and in severe cases, may even die as a result of their injury.A recent study suggests that birth-related injuries occur in 29 out of every 1,000 births in the United States, although published rates have historically varied widely. Birth injuries can occur for a number of reasons, including factors related to the baby (size or positioning in the womb), the mother (difficulty or prolonged labor; small pelvis), or even the decision-making of the medical staff assisting with the birth (e.g., negligence).Head and brain trauma, bleeding, nerve damage, and bone fractures are common examples of birth injuries. Severe swelling of the baby’s scalp can occur as the head bears the brunt of the pressure during delivery, and bleeding between the skull and its fibrous covering can also occur. Babies who are delivered with the help of vacuum extraction or forceps may suffer from bruising or even cuts to the head and face. If the positioning of the baby during labor and/or delivery causes facial nerves to be compressed and/or injured, the baby may suffer from facial paralysis. Nerve damage in the arms and hand or fractures to the baby’s collar bone can occur when the mother has difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulder. Under some circumstances, a baby may not receive adequate amounts of oxygen during labor and delivery, which can lead to a wide range of problems. While some babies may be resuscitated quickly and suffer no lasting injuries, others may suffer organ damage, seizures, or even a coma. …

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