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Month: December 2016

Five Essential Questions Every Expectant Parent Should Ask

If you are expecting a child, it is normal to feel a strange mixture of joy, anticipation, and anxiety. What is the best way to stay healthy during pregnancy? What happens if there are complications? There are many questions you may have for your OB/GYN during your pregnancy. Most medical professionals encourage parents-to-be to ask them questions, but many expectant couples still feel a bit awkward about questioning their doctor. If you are expecting, be sure to ask your physician the following questions before labor.

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Learning More About Defective Car Seats

The Dangers of Defective Car Seats

Most parents trust car seats to protect their newborns and toddlers in the event of an accident. Fortunately, most car seats are designed to do just that, and the majority are manufactured to the highest safety standards possible. Unfortunately, some car seat manufacturers still proceed to produce and market subpar products to the public, despite the myriad safety rules and regulations with which they are legally bound to comply. If your child has been harmed by a defective car seat, keep reading to learn more about your legal options.

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Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Erb’s Palsy

Combating the Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy With Physical Therapy

Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury that is caused when the nerves in the baby’s neck and upper arm are damaged during childbirth. During birth, doctors sometimes attempt to deliver the baby by pulling or tugging on the baby’s head if the baby is moving too slowly through the birth canal or if the baby becomes stuck. Unfortunately, the nerves in the baby’s neck and upper arm are fragile and vulnerable to injury if they are stretched too far or torn. If these nerves – the brachial plexus nerves – are damaged, the child can sustain a serious and permanent injury to the affected arm, shoulder and/or hand. The child may have weakness, immobility, absent or decreased reflexes, and deformity of the arm or hand known as Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus palsy.

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Understanding the Role Nurses Play In the Delivery Room

What Responsibilities do Labor and Delivery Nurses Have in the Delivery Room?

In the delivery room, doctors aren’t the only medical professionals playing a vital role in the health and safety of a baby and his or her mother. Labor and delivery nurses also play a critical role in the delivery and care of babies, and usually assist the doctor during childbirth. As medical professionals, nurses must be capable, educated, and trained to think critically, make sound nursing judgments, and act quickly. If you have ever wondered about the role of nurses in the delivery room, keep reading to learn more.

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