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baby-pic-300x240About 1% of all American childbirths occur in a home or in a birth center and research finds that there are some factors that make a home birth extremely risky.

Many women prefer to give birth outside of a typical hospital setting. These births can occur at home or in a birth center. A birth center is a separate facility within a health care system that involves midwives, and sometimes even doctors. Some birth centers may be located within a hospital.

Whether in home births or birth center deliveries, the focus is on making the actual birth as natural as possible. In fact, the popularity of birth centers is related to the fact that most women, while they do want the birth to be as natural as possible, also want access to medical care if there’s an emergency during the labor or delivery.

baby-shoe-1-1547631-1280x960-300x225Many babies who suffer a fatal birth brain injury could have survived their injuries if they had received better care and attention. Those are the results of a study that was conducted in the United Kingdom and reiterates the role played by optimum medical care and attention, both before and during delivery in helping reduce fatalities.

The shocking results of the study were based on the rates of stillbirths, birth brain injuries, and neonatal fatalities that occurred in the United Kingdom in 2015. All of these incidents occurred during the birthing process. The review was conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and focused on care provided to more than 1,100 babies born in the U.K. in 2015. The babies all suffered fatal/non-fatal brain injuries during childbirth.

According to the review, 126 of the babies were stillborn, while 156 died within a week after being born. More than 850 suffered severe brain injuries. The study found that 75% of the brain injuries could have been avoided if the babies had received proper care and attention.

baby-1178539_1280-300x199The birth of a child is a profoundly beautiful moment and the most memorable for any mother. However, in far too many cases, it is an experience that results in severe physical and mental trauma to the mother, with long-term consequences. Birth injuries to the mother are not spoken about as much as injuries to the new born, but they do occur.

Some of the more common injuries that women can suffer during childbirth include, vaginal tears, lacerations or fissures, incorrect suturing, fractures, nerve damage, excessive uterine bleeding, failed cesarean surgeries, infections, uterine rupture, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, peri-partum emergencies and even wrongful death.

All of these and many others not listed here are preventable if doctors, nurses and medical personnel take all possible precautions at the time of and before delivery. Medical personnel must ensure that the mother has a safe delivery.

child-1910306_1280-300x200Obesity during pregnancy could be a factor that increases a child’s risk of suffering from cerebral palsy. However, researchers in a recent study cautioned against assuming any cause-and-effect link between obesity and cerebral palsy.

The association between obesity and cerebral palsy was pointed out in a study that focused on one million Swedish children. These children were monitored over a period of eight years, and the researchers found that the cerebral palsy risk for these children was approximately two cases for every 1,000 babies. They also found that women who suffered from some of the most severe forms of obesity, were much more likely to have children who suffered from cerebral palsy. They also found that the incidence of cerebral palsy was high even in children who were born at full term.

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birth injuriesSometimes, people mistakenly use the terms “birth defect” and “birth injury” interchangeably, but there are significant differences between the two.

Birth defects are health problems that may have genetic causes. Examples include Down syndrome or cardiac defects. In cases in which the defect is linked to DNA, the defect is not preventable.

However, there are some birth defects that are preventable. Certain birth defects are linked to the prescription and use of medications or prescription drugs during pregnancy and the birth. These defects are possibly preventable. If your baby has suffered a birth defect linked to certain prescription medications that you took at some point during your pregnancy, you should speak to a medical malpractice lawyer in Indiana. They will help determine whether you are eligible for a medical malpractice claim. If the drug was one that should not have been prescribed and resulted in a birth defect, you might be eligible for a claim.

Selecting a baby’s name is quite a challenge.  It’s a major decision and many parents do not take it likely.  Do parents use a name that has family history?  Do they come up with a name that represents a quality they hope their child will reveal?  Do they use a popular, trendy name?

baby foot generic namesIn fact, many new parents may not be able to decide on a name until after the delivery. But that delay may not be a good idea. According to a new study, hospitals that use a generic baby name system could create problems for the newborns and their parents.

A baby labeled with a generic name, like “baby girl Hobson” or “boy Smith”, faces a much higher risk of medical errors.  Generic names are too similar to each other.  There is a risk that nursing staff could make medication errors. For instance, a baby could be given the wrong medication or the wrong treatment.

As many as 12% of all babies end up in a neonatal intensive care unit. They may stay there for weeks. Throughout this period of time they may continue to be called by their generic names.  This is true even if the parents have picked out a name for their child. Babies in an ICU are very fragile and cannot risk medical errors.

The stakes are higher in a neonatal intensive care unit because the margin for error is so incredibly low. Even a single medication at a higher dose could prove fatal to a newborn baby.

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