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What are the risks of a birth trauma?

As previously discussed, expecting New Jersey mothers do not expect anything to go wrong during the labor and delivery process. While it is important to understand that the unexpected could happen and unavoidable issues could come up, a mother generally expects both herself and her baby to be fine. Unfortunately, medical professionals can make mistakes, such as not taking action in time, taking the wrong action or failing to notice something is wrong.

Almost half of all birth traumas are potentially avoidable had an obstetrician recognized or anticipated the situation. Significant birth injuries account for less than 2 percent of neonatal deaths and still birth occurring in the U.S. Birth injuries that are unavoidably occur an average of 6 to 8 times per 1000 live births.

What are the risks of a birth trauma? A large-for-date baby is at risk for a birth injury, especially if the baby weighs more than 10 pounds. When a delivery requires instruments, such as forceps or a vacuum, there is an increased risk for birth trauma. A vaginal breech delivery has risks, as well as abnormal or excessive traction during delivery. Other factors that could result in a birth injury include prolonged or rapid labor, abnormal presentation, very low birth weight or prematurity, large fetal head or fetal anomalies.

Whether it is the mother, the newborn or both, suffering a birth injury is a serious situation. A person's life could be significantly altered by the mistakes made by a medical professional. In these matters, it is important to explore your rights, such as filing a medical malpractice action. This could help with the collection of compensation, which could be used to address medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages.

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