Birth injuries can cause a wide variety of serious and permanent physical, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities. Start here for a brief overview of the birth injuries we most often handle.
Labor and delivery are complex processes, requiring staff to make decisions very quickly. If complications arise, and staff fail to respond properly or in time, this can cause serious damage to a baby.
When labor is difficult or delayed, babies may suffer traumatic birth injuries, often to the head. These can be prevented with proper prenatal monitoring and responsive action during birth.
When a baby is not properly positioned for delivery, it is imperative that medical staff quickly address the issue, or the baby suffers a high risk for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and traumatic birth injury.
Umbilical cord issues, intrauterine growth restriction, fetal stroke, and birth asphyxia require proper monitoring and intervention by medical staff.
Newborn babies can often suffer from health problems immediately after birth. Damage can be mitigated if treated in time, but can be catastrophic if proper steps are not taken in a timely fashion.
Certain infections may not show signs in the mother, but can be passed on to the baby with serious consequences. Medical staff are responsible for routine screening and prophylactic measures to prevent transmission.
Medical staff should screen mothers for certain health conditions that can make a pregnancy high-risk and take steps to provide proper care.
Guidelines for the use of drugs such as Cytotec, Pitocin and Anesthesia are very strict. These drugs can increase the risk of uterine hyperstimulation, hemorrhages, and decreased oxygenation to the baby.