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?
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.
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.
For expectant mothers in Queens, the nine months leading up to the birth of their babies may be considered, in essence, a prolonged preparation for the delivery itself. One might think that with that amount of time to prepare, combined with the advances made in recent years in prenatal care, the potential of suffering delivery complications would be virtually nonexistent. Sadly, that is not the case. In fact, one factor that many may attribute to a healthy pregnancy may actually increase the risk of injury to both mom and baby during the birthing process.
Even with the many advances made on obstetrical medicine in recent years, the risk of birth injuries remains ever present. One of the more common causes of such injuries is delays in the delivery process. For as many different factors as there are that may complicate a baby’s delivery, there may be just as many potentially harmful outcomes. One of these is an infant cephalohematoma.
Having a child is an event most in New York City likely look forward to with a good deal of excitement and anticipation. Yet as a good number of the clients that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin, & Seinfeld, LLP have represented can attest to, the birthing process can be extremely delicate. While it may seem like such a simple thing, even the position you're placed in during delivery could potentially increase the risk of trauma to your newborn.
Most in New York City may view the delivery process as a routine procedure given the many advances made in obstetrical medicine in recent years. Yet delivering a baby is still a delicate procedure during which any delays can pose life-threatening problems. Of the complications that can result from delays during delivery, one of the most traumatic may be a brain injury to the baby.
If you are preparing for the birth of a child, you may wonder about the safety of vacuum extractors, which are a common tool that many doctors choose to help aid in the delivery of babies. While these devices can be used properly and safely, there are some instances where they result in the injury of the child they are meant to help. If your child is born in a vacuum-assisted delivery, he or she could sustain injuries ranging from the very mild to severe.
As we mentioned in a previous post, shoulder dystocia is a serious birth injury associated with the vaginal delivery of large babies. The March of Dimes states that it usually occurs when a mother’s labor is obstructed so that the baby’s shoulders become stuck on the pubic bone and the baby is unable to be fully born without immediate medical intervention. Unfortunately, the condition as well as the intervention to save the child can cause babies to sustain serious injuries, some of which may cause permanent harm.
Cerebral palsy, according to CerebralPalsy.org, is caused when there is a brain injury before, during, or after the birth of your infant, or when his or her brain fails to develop properly as it grows in utero. The severity of the damage to your child’s motor function and other skills will depend on where the brain injury is, and how it happened.