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Can Umbilical Cord Compression Injuries Be Prevented?

Many parents want to know if injury or death from umbilical cord compression can be prevented. The answer is YES. Because of the risk of these serious injuries or death, medical professionals should closely monitor a baby throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. When the umbilical cord is compressed and the flow of oxygen to the baby is reduced or stopped, the baby’s heart rate responds to the lack of oxygen, and there will likely be signs that the baby isn’t getting enough oxygen on the fetal heart monitor tracing. The baby’s heart “decelerates” or slows down. This is a sign to the medical providers that the baby is potentially in danger. Doctors and nurses must monitor the baby’s heart rate and be prepared to act quickly if this happens. Umbilical cord compression may also be detected by an ultrasound or fetal Doppler test.

If a doctor or nurse detects signs that compression is occurring, these medical professionals have a duty to take immediate action. When cord compression occurs during birth, the medical professionals must determine whether to perform an emergency cesarean section (C-section) to protect the baby. Failure to perform a C-section (cesarean section) in a timely manner may constitute medical negligence.

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Do You Have A Vacuum Extraction Birth Injury Case?

What is a Vacuum Extractor?

During vacuum extraction, a doctor may use a vacuum-like device to guide or pull the baby down and out of the birth canal. The medical device is known as a vacuum extractor. A suction cup is inserted and attached to the baby’s head. The medical device is pressurized to create suction so that the cup stays in place on the baby’s head. The suction cup is attached to a handle that the doctor holds in his or her hand. During a contraction, the doctor pulls on the handle to guide or pull the baby down the birth canal. A vacuum extraction delivery is a special type of delivery known as an operative vaginal delivery. Doctors who perform vacuum extraction deliveries require special training because of the potential dangers to the baby.

Dangers of Vacuum Extraction Delivery

Vacuum extractors can cause serious injuries to babies, particularly if the vacuum extractor is used improperly by the doctor or is used when it is not medically indicated. There are certain medical situations in which the doctor should abandon the use of the vacuum extractor. For example, if the suction cup pops off the baby’s head while the doctor is pulling on the handle, that may indicate that the baby is stuck in the birth canal. Continuing to pull on the baby’s head can cause serious injury.

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Do You Have A Legal Claim if Your Child Was Deprived of Oxygen at Birth?

Lack of Oxygen during Labor and Delivery Can Cause Serious, Lifelong Damage to a Baby

Most babies are born healthy and happy. That is the hope and prayer of every parent. Unfortunately, some babies suffer very serious injuries during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Injuries caused by lack of adequate oxygen to the baby can be very serious or deadly. During the mother’s pregnancy and during labor and delivery, the baby must receive adequate oxygen from the mother which is necessary for the baby’s brain, heart, other organs, tissues and cells to function properly. When the baby is still inside the mother, the baby does not breathe oxygen. Rather, the baby gets oxygen from the mother through the blood flow that passes from the mother to the baby in the umbilical cord.

Oxygen deprivation at the time of labor and birth is known as birth asphyxia. Asphyxia is a medical term that really means suffocation. The baby is essentially suffocated inside the mother causing serious injury to the baby’s brain and other vital organs that depend on oxygen to function.

There are several medical terms that parents may hear that are related to birth asphyxia of a baby.

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Ways to Keep Your Newborn Safe

Three Simple Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Delivery Day

Having a baby is one of the most important events in your life. More than likely, you are brimming with excitement and anticipation. Getting information, having conversations with your doctor, and creating a birth plan can help you prepare for a safe delivery and relieve stress or anxiety that you may have when delivery day arrives. You will want to be sure that you and your doctor are on the same page as far as the birth goes. You will probably have many questions. Before you give birth to your child, be sure that you ask your doctor at least the three following questions.

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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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