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Feb 19, 2019

Birth Trauma is a Real, Ongoing Problem

By |February 19th, 2019|Birth Injury|

When there is a complication in childbirth that leads to a birth injury for the baby, there is often intense scrutiny about the baby's health and well-being – as there should be. The birth trauma that some women experience, however, after a difficult childbirth is real, and often left unaddressed. Last summer, we covered the USA Today investigative report which revealed that hospitals know how to protect mothers who are giving birth, but [...]

Aug 23, 2018

Widespread Negligence in U.S. Hospitals Is Leading to Preventable Maternal Deaths

By |August 23rd, 2018|Birth Injury|

Every year in the U.S., about 50,000 women suffer serious injuries during the process of childbirth. Additionally, some 700 mothers lose their lives in what is supposed to be a joyous occasion. As a recent USA Today investigation has discovered, hospitals across the nation are bypassing crucial safety practices that would prevent these maternal injuries and fatalities. The investigators gained access to more than 500,000 pages of internal hospital records, and analyzed more [...]

Feb 27, 2018

What Causes Lack of Oxygen to the Brain of a Baby, and When is It the Result of Medical Malpractice?

By |February 27th, 2018|Birth Injury|

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a severe brain injury also referred to as birth asphyxia. It can occur among adults, but also during the labor and delivery of a baby when it is deprived of oxygen. In fact, the occurrences of asphyxia at birth according to MedScape are more common than one may realize, accounting for 23 percent of neonatal deaths worldwide –equivalent to about 840,000 deaths per year. When a baby is [...]

Dec 5, 2017

In a New Procedure, Doctors Repair a Birth Defect Before a Birth

By |December 5th, 2017|Birth Injury|

Spina bifida is a birth defect. Children are born with the condition, which occurs when the tissue that forms the spinal column does not close properly in utero. Children who are born with spina bifida sometimes need to have surgery to repair the opening in the back, and have a shunt implanted to drain excess fluid from the brain.  In Sometimes doctors can perform an operation after birth, but now doctors are developing [...]

Jan 31, 2017

The Causes and Effects Cerebral Palsy and Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

By |January 31st, 2017|Birth Injury|

Birth injury and birth trauma are not always discussed as part of your pregnancy. Healthcare providers don’t like to discuss the possibility of errors or mistakes; unfortunately, every medical procedure carries some degree of risk. Modern technology has reduced the risk of certain types of errors, but others are more common than ever. Cerebral palsy and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) are two of the more common types of birth injuries today. What’s the difference? [...]

Dec 27, 2016

Why You Need to Know about Traumatic Birth Syndrome

By |December 27th, 2016|Birth Injury|

Birth injuries are serious complications that can arise during labor and delivery. Mistakes by your team of healthcare professionals can have lifelong effects on your child. We often talk about the causes of cerebral palsy, hypoxia, forceps injuries, and other conditions and the effects that they can have on your child. Often overlooked, however, are the effects that a traumatic birth can have on you and your family. What is Traumatic Birth Syndrome? [...]

Nov 29, 2016

When Mothers Suffer Injuries During the Childbirth Process

By |November 29th, 2016|Birth Injury|

Childbirth is supposed to be the beautiful and exciting start to a new family. An act of medical negligence can change that forever. In situations when the mother has survived the birth, but is dealing with her own injuries while trying to care for a newborn, it can create difficulties for the family – but when a mother dies during childbirth, the family may be paralyzed with grief and must face the challenges [...]

Jul 15, 2016

Cerebral Palsy Can Develop as the Result of Medical Malpractice

By |July 15th, 2016|Birth Injury|

There are few feelings as extraordinary as holding your child for the first time. That life that you carried through nine long months of morning sickness, food cravings, extra trips to the bathroom and some pretty uncomfortable sleeping positions is finally here – 10 fingers, 10 toes, and absolutely loved. For some mothers, however, the dream can rapidly turn into a nightmare, as they realize that their helpless baby boy or girl has [...]

Jun 7, 2016

Former Panther, Good Guy Steve Smith, Grants Disabled Teen’s Wish

By |June 7th, 2016|Birth Injury|

Aubrey Bridges is 18 and autistic. She also has a rare disorder called “vein of Galen malformation.” Her disabilities make it difficult for her to speak, but she was determined to be heard after seeing former Carolina Panther receiver Steve Smith Sr. dance in a video; she thought he’d be a fun date. She decided to ask him to take her to prom. Thanks to the efforts of a local news anchor and [...]

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