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Maneuvers for Shoulder Dystocia – Birth Injury Safety Check

Birth isn’t very comfortable for the mom-to-be. Natural childbirth is already painful, and sometimes things take a turn for the worse – when the baby gets stuck on the way out!

Shoulder dystocia is a major delivery complication that happens when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck on mom’s pelvis. In this video, birth injury attorney Laura Brown explains the methods doctors try to get the baby out safely without causing harm to baby or mother.

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What’s a Brachial Plexus Injury? – Birth Injury Safety Check

It’s a shocking fact, but almost every case of birth-related brachial plexus injury could have been prevented.

The brachial plexus is a cluster of nerves right behind the collarbone, feeding a person’s shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand. It is especially vulnerable to doctors pulling or turning a baby’s head during delivery. In cases of shoulder dystocia (where the baby’s shoulder is stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone) the rate of BPI increases one hundred-fold!

That’s why doctors have to be so careful to prevent these injuries. Birth injury attorney Laura Brown discusses the basics of a brachial plexus injury and what can – and should – be done to prevent them.

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How Do Doctors Know It’s Time for a C-section?

Medical science is a wonderful thing. It keeps marching on, giving us new ways to keep mothers and babies safe during childbirth. The electronic fetal heart monitor is one such tool that hospitals use to measure a baby’s vital statistics during labor.

And if the heart monitor strip shows an abnormal heart rate…it’s probably time for medical intervention.

In this video, birth injury attorney Laura Brown stresses the need for medical providers to pay attention to the fetal heart monitor, and when a C-section is necessary to prevent birth injury to a baby.

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Is Cerebral Palsy a Birth Injury? – Birth Injury Safety Check

First, what’s cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that handle movement and muscle control.

How is this damage caused? Sadly, sometimes it’s caused by medical errors during childbirth. Birth injury attorney Laura Brown reviews the costs of this injury and why medical providers need to be held accountable for their mistakes.

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What’s Wrong with Vacuum Extraction? – Birth Injury Safety Check

Vacuum extraction for a baby? When it’s time to have your baby, you probably wouldn’t want the doctor coming anywhere near you with a vacuum hose! But this obstetric device has been around for a long time and can sometimes help with a difficult birth. Of course, it can also create more hazards for your baby if used improperly.

Birth injury attorney Laura Brown shares a case of her own, explaining why vacuum extractors MUST be used only when necessary.

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What Is Cytotec and Should It Be Used? – Birth Injury Safety Check

Ever heard of Cytotec? It’s a brand-label hormone (misoprostol) given to people to prevent stomach ulcers. AND it’s common in some delivery rooms–being used off-label to induce labor.

With any off-label use, there will be serious risks. Birth injury attorney Laura Brown goes over the dangers Cytotec poses during childbirth, for both mother and baby.

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