Every new parent experiences a flood of new emotions on delivery day. While these feelings often include a blend of excitement, nerves, and joy, delivery day is almost always a day of celebration. However, learning your baby is headed to the NICU upon delivery is incredibly tough for new parents. At Reiter & Walsh ABC…
Labor & Delivery Nurse Fails to Detect Fetal Oxygen Deprivation, Resulting in HIE According to Injury Lawyer News, a Pennsylvania appellate court upheld a $32.8 million verdict for a toddler with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy (CP) who suffered fetal oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage during delivery. The verdict, which was upheld on July 8th of…
Small Steps in Speech Extends Grant to Kids with Childhood Apraxia of Speech Small Steps in Speech, a Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, gives grants to children with a range of speech and language disorders. These grants help children go on to afford treatments, therapies, communication software and devices, and other services necessary to improve…
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and basal ganglia brain injury are often caused by the baby receiving insufficient oxygen during or near the time of birth. HIE and basal ganglia brain damage can cause a baby to have long-term conditions such as cerebral palsy, seizures and developmental delays.
Birth asphyxia occurs when a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen shortly before, during, or after birth. This may be due to an interruption in the transportation of oxygenated blood from a mother to her unborn baby, an issue with blood circulation within the baby’s body, or (if it happens after birth) an airway blockage….
Rebecca Walsh, nationally recognized birth injury attorney and partner at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Center, presents at this year’s Belli Seminar.
Despite recognizing that a mother has a large baby – a significant risk factor for CPD – physicians fail to prepare for a C-section, they force a vaginal birth, and the baby dies from traumatic birth injuries.
Plea for immediate surgery on a girl with Erb’s palsy emphasizes the importance of early recognition and treatment of severe Erb’s palsy: if surgery doesn’t occur by 9 months, the arm will likely be paralyzed.
Most people associate the use of forceps during delivery as a “last resort,” when all other efforts have failed, to quickly deliver a baby. For many years it has been an accepted practice. Contemporary thinking, however, may be shifting as obstetricians weigh the risks of birth injury to babies if the procedure is not done correctly.
Forceps are sometimes used to deliver babies when birth complications arise. It is important for women to know the potential risks to both mother and child during forceps assisted births.