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Birth Injuries Archives

What risks are associated with forceps deliveries?

When you check into a New York hospital in anticipation of giving birth, your main goal is probably to have a smooth, easy delivery so you can leave soon after with a happy, healthy baby. Regrettably, though, not all births are simple and seamless, and when they become particularly difficult, your physician may need to use forceps to help remove your baby from the birth canal.

What is placental abruption?

If you are a New York mother-to-be, your daily life likely is filled with constant thoughts about your developing baby and ways in which you can keep him or her as safe and healthy as possible. Unfortunately, however, you do not have control over everything concerning your pregnancy. Placental abruption represents one of those things, and if you develop it, your baby could be permanently damaged or even die. So could you.

Erb’s palsy: causes, risk factors and treatment

When you prepare to deliver a child in a New York hospital, you may do so with one main goal in mind: delivering a healthy, happy baby. Unfortunately, though, not everyone who delivers babies in New York hospitals is able to achieve this goal, and in some cases, medical hardships arise because of a doctor’s error or negligence. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that Erb’s palsy is one of a number of conditions that can occur due to a doctor error, and we have helped many families who suffered because of Erb’s palsy diagnoses pursue appropriate recourse.

Report exposes reasons for maternal mortality

Residents in New York who are expecting a new baby or who have a pregnant family member have good reason to be concerned about the health of not just the baby but the mother as well. While pregnancy and childbirth are normal events, they can expose babies and mothers to serious dangers.

Understanding perinatal asphyxia

Even though expecting parents in New York City understand that their babies are developing while still in the womb, much of what is actually going on with them is a mystery. Thus, they may not understand that even during the prenatal stage, a baby still needs those basic elements that every human being requires in order to survive. Chief among these is oxygen. During development, that oxygen is delivered to babies through their mothers' oxygenated blood flow. Any disruption of that blood flow can lead to perinatal asphyxia. 

Dealing with depression over a birth injury

Patients are injured in hospitals in countless ways, from surgical errors to mistakes involving prescription medication. Some, such as birth injuries, can be particularly devastating. Birth injuries can create problems for mothers, as well as their partners and the children they give birth to. Unfortunately, aside from the physical and financial ramifications of these injuries, emotional hurdles are not uncommon either. Some people may be angry or stressed out, while others may struggle with depression. In some instances, depression can be so severe that it virtually shuts down a victim's ability to function.

What are the risk factors for shoulder dystocia?

While giving birth to a baby in New York is much safer today than it was 100 years ago, birth injuries can and do still occur. One such injury is shoulder dystocia, and according to American Family Physician, it is one of the most frightening emergencies that can occur in the delivery room.

When should you call the doctor during early pregnancy?

Whether you are pregnant for the first time or the fifth time, you will experience a lot of new changes to your body, some of which you may not have experienced during your previous pregnancies. While many of those changes are normal, some symptoms may indicate a bigger problem. For example, while a little bleeding, vaginal discharge and nausea are not abnormal, they could mean something is amiss. When you experience atypical symptoms, you may wonder, should you call your New York OB/GYN? Probably. 

Understanding midwife practice limitations

While you no doubt are looking forward to the arrival of your new baby in Queens with a great deal of anticipation, you may not be so excited about the costs that will accompany their birth. The financial expense of childbirth may have you considering having a midwife handle your delivery. Yet before you choose to work with such a provider, you should understand exactly what the scope of their practice is. Many come to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP after experiencing complications with their deliveries who are later shocked to learn exactly how far their midwives overstepped their legal bounds. 

What are the causes and risks of fetal death?

According to findings published in VeryWell Family, roughly six of every 1,000 births that occur between 20- and 27-weeks is a stillbirth. Early stillbirth, which occurs when the fetus is between 20- and 27-weeks gestation, is only slightly more common than late stillbirths, or those that occur after 28 weeks. Sadly, roughly one in four stillbirths will not have an explanation. If you recently experienced a stillbirth in New York, you may have several questions, the biggest of which is ? This post will do its best to answer your questions.

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