Are you a pregnant woman? Are you looking forward to the day when you finally bring your newborn baby into the world?
There is nothing more exciting than this time of your life. While you want to focus on all the positive things going on around you, it's imperative that you also consider your health and well being. Along with this, you should think long and hard about the things you can do to keep your baby safe.
Unfortunately, there are times when a baby is injured during labor or delivery. While this is not always serious, there are cases in which the end result is a permanent injury that requires lifelong attention and treatment.
With all this in mind, it's a good idea to become familiar with common birth injuries. You shouldn't expect your child to be injured during labor or delivery, but you should never overlook the possibility that this could happen.
Some of the most common birth injuries include:
- Oxygen deprivation. If this occurs, it's possible that your baby could suffer brain damage.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Erb's palsy.
- Brachial plexus injuries.
As you know, there is more to these birth injuries than what you see on the surface. For example, you know that oxygen deprivation could cause serious harm to your baby, but you may not have any understanding of how or why this could happen.
There are several steps you can take to protect against common birth injuries:
- Educate yourself as to what could go wrong.
- Speak with your medical team about these concerns and things to be aware of.
- Don't hesitate to speak up if you think something is wrong during labor or delivery.
A birth injury can affect your child for the rest of his or her life. For this reason, you need to take the right steps if your child suffered an injury during labor or delivery. This means three things:
- Requesting detailed information on what happened (and why).
- Seeking assistance from a medical team experienced in treating the issue.
- Learning more about your legal rights.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, you may be in position to file a lawsuit against a negligent medical provider in an attempt to receive compensation. If successful, you can use the money to give your child the best possible care.