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What are some common birth injuries newborns could face?

Preparing for the impending birth of a child is an exciting and joyous time. Parents in Newark are focused on what their baby will look like, how they will act and what life will be like when they bring the baby home. The last thing on their mind is their newborn will suffer harm due to medical negligence. Much faith, trust and reliance is place on the doctors, nurses and the medical team aiding during labor and delivery. However, mistakes could be made, causing birth trauma to an infant.

Understanding birth injuries and defects and their causes

Finding out that you are going to have a baby is an exciting time. And, as the baby's due date nears, parents are very anxious about meeting their little one. While this is a joyous time, certain events could disrupt and impact this momentous event. If medical errors occur during the birthing process, a newborn or even the mother could suffer serious injuries. A birth injury could impact a newborn temporarily or for the rest of his or her life, making a serious incident. Parents should be sure to understand their rights in this matter and what they can do to protect their rights and the rights of their baby.

Legal help is key with a New Jersey birth injury claim

Having a baby should be a joyous time for expectant parents. However, New Jersey residents need to be aware of the possibility of a birth injury causing long-term pain and an ongoing need for medical care for their newborn. While most births are safe and the baby is born healthy, there are instances when there is a problem. In some, it is due to a doctor error or a mistake on the part of the staff. Knowing the symptoms and signs when something is wrong with a baby and what to do about it is a key to getting the compensation the parents will need to care for the child and cover the costs of the mistake.

What is the actual rate of birth trauma?

The rate of birth injuries ranged from 0.2 to 37 per 1,000 births. Unfortunately, such a broad range of figures makes it difficult for policy experts to craft policies designed to address these concerns. To address this knowledge shortfall, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh examined a series of studies and hospitals to perform a cross-section study. This post will go over the results of the study.

Some mothers experience PTSD after giving birth

Everyone knows that giving birth is one of (if not the) most painful and traumatic experience the human body can endure. Before the advent of modern medicine, as many as 1 in 100 women died from the process. Unfortunately, modern medicine cannot eliminate all of the trauma associated with the delivery process. A report from the Atlantic details the emotional turmoil some new mothers experience as they try to deal with the trauma of giving birth. This post will go over these findings.

Signs and treatments of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, part 2

Typically, childbirth in a hospital is a very safe procedure, but emergencies can occur. Previously on this blog we discussed the signs that a baby who is suffering from meconium aspiration syndrome may exhibit after the delivery. To recap, MAS occurs when fecal matter, known as meconium, moves from a baby's intestines and into the lungs, which seriously inhibits the baby's ability to breathe.

Signs and treatments of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, part 1

Prior to being born, a baby produces a dark green fecal matter known as meconium, which remains in the intestines until it is expelled during the first few days after the delivery. However, it is possible for a baby to experience stress that causes them to pass some of the meconium before leaving the uterus. The meconium then mixes with the amniotic fluid, which surrounds and provides oxygen to the fetus.

Apgar score measures a baby's health at birth

In 1952, an anesthesiologist named Virginia Apgar developed a process which is now commonly administered the first minute after a baby is delivered. This process yields what is known as the Apgar score, which is a measurement of various aspects of the baby's health. Specifically, the Apgar test examines a baby's breathing, appearance, pulse, muscle activity and responsiveness. Each of these categories is assigned a score and that score dictates if special care is required.

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