Can a Traumatic Birth Affect the Baby?

A traumatic birth can cause irreparable damage to your baby. This damage can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering, as well as intensive long-term disabilities. In fact, eight out of every 1,000 babies born this year will suffer from some form of birth injury after a traumatic birth. In addition to the harm […]

WHAT DOES BIRTH INJURY MEAN?

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, causing 440,000 fatalities a year. Babies are particularly vulnerable to medical errors that occur during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. It is estimated that 28,000 babies suffer from a birth injury every year. When a baby is in the womb, they can […]

How Do You Know If Your Child Has Brain Damage?

Sometimes the severity of the brain damage your baby has suffered isn’t always obvious immediately after birth. While there may be some signs of injury after birth, the long-term effects and disabilities your child may endure are not always immediately apparent. Immediately after birth, some of the signs of brain damage, include: Breathing difficulties/Need for […]

What are the Signs of Fetal Distress?

When a medical professional recognizes the signs of fetal distress, they must take swift action to prevent serious and deadly injuries from occurring. During pregnancy and labor and delivery, doctors and nurses must monitor babies closely for signs of distress. This includes routine prenatal care, ultrasounds, and medical testing throughout pregnancy, as well as electronic […]

Forceps Delivery Birth Injuries

Since 1990, the use of forceps in the delivery room has declined drastically in the United States. In 1990, 5.11% of all deliveries involved the use of forceps. By 2017, forceps were used in only 0.5% of all deliveries, according to recent data. This is largely due to improvements in Cesarean sections (C-sections), coupled with […]

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE UMBILICAL CORD IS WRAPPED AROUND A BABY’S NECK?

The umbilical cord is your baby’s lifeline. Throughout your pregnancy, it supplies vital nutrients, blood, and oxygen to the baby. Sometimes the baby’s umbilical cord can get wrapped around its neck during the later stages of pregnancy or during labor and delivery. This phenomenon is called a nuchal cord and it is surprisingly common. Estimates […]