The Birth Injury Blog

A recent New York Times investigation revealed shocking rates of mortality in children who underwent pediatric heart surgery at North Carolina Children’s Hospital, which is part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) health system.  The exposé (1), written by Ellen Gabler and published on May 31st, 2019, details how UNC higher-ups repeatedly dismissed cardiologists’...

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Fainting and dizziness during pregnancy

According to the American Pregnancy Association, dizziness and fainting are very common during pregnancy as a result of the drastic hormonal and metabolic changes the body goes through during the first trimester (1). These changes can lower the mother’s blood pressure or blood sugar, causing dizziness and faintness. In the second trimester, the mother may...

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In talking to potential clients, we’ve noticed a few common misperceptions people have about birth injuries and medical malpractice lawsuits. On this page, we attempt to clear some of those up. If you have any questions about birth injuries, our firm, or the legal process, please feel free to contact us at any time! Misperception #1:...

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Babies with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) often experience respiratory problems. Because of this, they may require assistance with breathing after birth. This can be done through the urgent method of resuscitation, or the more long-term assistance of inhaled nitric acid, high-frequency ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) (1). These long-term practices are commonly used for neonates...

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Premature babies often have numerous health problems, and require extensive, costly treatments (1). Their underdeveloped organs and general fragility make them especially susceptible to birth injuries, infections, and other neonatal complications. In the United States, 70% of premature births occur between weeks 34 and 36 of pregnancy, or the “late preterm period” (2) These infants...

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Introduction Worldwide, there are about 2.6 million stillbirths each year (1), 24,000 of which occur in the U.S. (2). Our rate of stillbirth is higher than that of many other developed nations. For example, it is more than double the rate in Iceland (3). This regional variation in stillbirths demonstrates that many of these deaths...

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Pérdida de Líquido Amniótico por Goteo

Si el líquido amniótico comienza a gotear durante el embarazo, esto puede ser motivo de preocupación. Sigue leyendo para obtener más información sobre el propósito del líquido amniótico, los niveles normales en varias etapas del embarazo y lo que pueden indicar el goteo. ¿Qué es el líquido amniótico? Durante el embarazo, el bebé flota en...

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La Declaración de Derechos del Paciente es un documento que proporciona a los pacientes información sobre cómo pueden esperar ser tratados de manera razonable durante su estadía en un hospital. Estos documentos, en casi todos los casos, no son legalmente vinculantes. Simplemente proveen metas y expectativas para el tratamiento del paciente. La Declaración de Derechos...

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