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One of the greatest moments in your life is experiencing the birth of your child. As a parent, you prepare for months in advance of your child’s birth in close partnership with medical staff to ensure your baby is healthy.
Prenatal vitamins, regular prenatal doctor visits, and the delivery of the baby all happen under the supervision of trained physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
In recent years, a new method for treating newborns that have suffered from asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen, during birth has been gaining credibility in the medical community. The method is known as hypothermia treatment, or head cooling therapy, and, according to research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the treatment can effectively reduce the risk of death or disability.
The head cooling treatment involves slowly reducing a baby’s internal body temperature from about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to roughly 91 degrees with a blanket that contains cooled circulating water or a specially designed pad. Gradually cooling the infant’s body causes the metabolic, cerebral, and muscular functions to slow down, delaying immediate and future damage, and allowing at least partial recovery of the cells.
While there are always risks associated with childbirth, most women are able to safely bring their child into the world with the help of experienced medical professionals; however, a select few become the victim of medical malpractice. In the event that a nurse or doctor does not act quickly enough or appropriately for the circumstances that arise during birth, a baby can suffer injury or even death. When a baby sustains brain injuries during birth, such as physical trauma or a lack of oxygen, the child may suffer a condition known as cerebral palsy.