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Understanding the risks your baby faces during childbirth

| Aug 14, 2018 | Birth Injuries

You are anticipating the birth of your baby and are excited about how your life is about to change. As you prepare to give birth at the New York hospital of your choice, you are feeling some anxiety about what will happen during delivery. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped many expectant parents to learn more about birth injuries and what their options are if they are dealing with the consequences of a traumatic birthing experience. 

While birth injuries are relatively uncommon given the high percentage of babies born each day, there are certain risks that could make you and your unborn baby more prone to these types of injuries. For example, if you have gestational diabetes or if your baby is abnormally large, you could both be facing higher probabilities of an injury happening. Birth injuries can occur because your baby must first travel through a narrow birth canal, is blocked at some point during delivery or your doctor does not use tools the right way that have been designed to facilitate the delivery of your child. 

According to verywellhealth.com, birth injuries vary from congenital defects in that they actually happen at birth and are completely unanticipated whereas congenital defects are discovered while your baby is still growing in your belly. Some of the most common types of birth injuries include the following:

  • Femur fractures
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Growth plate factures
  • Clavicle fractures

Understanding how to prepare for childbirth and the potential risks you and your baby may face, can help you to make informed decisions about the type of birth process you pursue. For more information about medical malpractice, visit our web page. 

 

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