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The dangers of oxygen deprivation at birth

One of the common reasons a child suffer long-term or permanent injuries in the course of his or her birth is oxygen deprivation. Almost every Newark resident recognizes that a human being cannot live long without oxygen, and the same is true of newborn infants.

Babies who do not get enough oxygen as they are passing through their mother's birth canal can lead to permanent injuries like problems with speaking and also balance and coordination difficulties. It can also lead to learning challenges, including the inability to focus on a task or difficulty remembering things. Some studies also connect oxygen deprivation with conditions like epilepsy and autism. Tragically, in the most serious cases, an infant will not survive childbirth due to lack of oxygen.

The tragedy of seeing a child hurt or even killed right as they are coming in to the world is sad enough, but perhaps the hardest part about these sort of birth injuries to understand is that they are so preventable.

They can happen for many reasons, including an umbilical cord getting wrapped around a baby's neck or getting accidentally clamped. Even the baby's position in the mother can contribute to oxygen privation. However, in almost every case, doctors should be able to pick up signs that a baby is not getting enough oxygen early on and then move quickly to address the situation, either by performing a Cesarean section or by other means.

Oxygen deprivation can cause a permanent birth injury which can be prevented by proper medical monitoring and care. If a Newark family's child has suffered an injury during birth because of oxygen deprivation, they may wish to speak with an attorney experienced in handling New Jersey medical malpractice and birth injury cases.

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