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Detailing when assisted delivery should be considered

You may hear horror stories about cases where people in Kew Gardens saw their babies sustain injuries due to the use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery. Indeed, many of those that come to see us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP bemoan the fact that assisted delivery is even an option for doctors to consider. However, the fact that tools and procedures have been created to help assist in the delivery process may speak to their need. You simply need to understand when assisted delivery should be considered.

Forceps injury identified as cause of boy’s brain damage

Advances in the field of obstetrical and gynecological science in recent years have helped to greatly reduce the number of delivery complications. However, these new improvements may have caused many in Queens to overlook the fact that delivering a baby is still a complicated process. While new technology allows doctors to more easily determine when intervention is needed to assist a delivery, the methods used to perform those interventions can still cause harm. Unfortunately, the victims that experience this harm are often left to deal with the consequences for the rest of their lives.

Understanding the risks associated with gestational diabetes

Expectant couples in Queens may go through their entire pregnancies hoping that once the moment to deliver their babies arrives, they will be able to avoid any complications that might result in birth injuries. What many may not understand is that the seeds of complications are often planted during the prenatal process. Certain conditions can contribute to the risk of delivery issues. One such condition is gestational diabetes.

Understanding the risks associated with prolonged labor

Most expectant couples in Queens (particularly those who are about to become first-time parents) likely adopt a “the-worst-is-over” attitude towards the end of a pregnancy. However, one major hurdle remains before the arrival of their babies: the delivery. Any number of complications can occur during the delivery process. It stands to reason, then, that the longer a woman remains in labor, the greater the risk there is for delivery complications to occur.

Understanding breech presentations

As expecting couples in Kew Gardens get closer to their delivery dates, the anxiety they may have felt about the progression of their pregnancies may begin to abate. However, last minute complications can still arise that could affect both mothers and their babies. One of the more common is to have a baby settle into a breech position while in the womb. According to the website AmericanPreganancy.org, breech presentations occur in roughly one out of every 25 births.

PTSD in new mothers

When discussing birth injuries, many in Queens may think that such incidents only refer to issues involving newborns. However, birthing mothers can also be subject to such injuries. It may be easy to quantify the physical effect an injury can have on a woman, yet what about the emotional toll? Post-traumatic stress disorder is becoming an ever-increasing diagnosis amongst mothers. In many cases, the women experiencing it may not be suffering physical injuries at all, but rather are being impacted from seeing their babies harmed.

What is vasa previa?

You may have heard from medical professionals or close acquaintances in Queens that as you go through pregnancy, the process may cause changes in your body that could increase the risk of complications occurring should you choose to have another child. However, oftentimes it may be only the risks that are communicated but not the causes, leaving you unware of exactly what to be on the lookout for with each of your subsequent pregnancies. One problem that may occur with multiple pregnancies is a condition known as vasa previa.

Can a doctor be liable for a baby’s undiagnosed heart condition?

If you and your spouse or partner are like most expecting parents in Queens, then you likely await the arrival of your child with great anticipation as well as angst. While you are no doubt excited about your new addition, you may also be nervous about the baby’s development. Complications that can arise during fetal development can include congenital heart defects. If such a condition is missed and your baby ultimately dies because of it, can you hold the doctor who failed to diagnose it responsible?

What is preeclampsia?

If this is your first pregnancy, then you may likely have loads of questions for your New York City doctor. Most of those may primarily involve the health and well-being of your baby. However, are you fully aware of the changes that your pregnancy is causing in your own body? One of these may be the onset of a condition known as preeclampsia, which the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development estimates to effect between 3 to 5 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. The complications caused by preeclampsia can range from issues such as preterm labor and low birth weight to potentially life-threatening complications like placental abruption.

Three options for birthing providers

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life together. But it can also bring with it stress, uncertainty and the need to make important decisions about the birthing process. Assuming a healthy mother with a pregnancy that doesn't present any unusual challenges (such as twins) or a medical history or serious chronic medical conditions that might complicate things (high blood pressure or diabetes), couples have options when choosing a practitioner to facilitate the birthing process. Knowing the benefits and limitations of each type of practitioner can help make this decision process easier. 

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