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The risks of a vacuum-assisted delivery

Pregnant women in Indiana should be aware of what a vacuum-assisted delivery is and the associated risks. Healthline states that this type of delivery involves using a vacuum extractor to help the baby through the birth canal. This option may be used to avoid a Cesarean section. As with any medical procedure, there are possible risks that could occur.

In most cases, a vacuum-assisted birth has fewer risks than a C-section, as long as it is performed correctly. The procedure may also be used if the baby is in distress. It could potential save the baby’s life in a less risky way than trying to continue to deliver naturally or undergo an emergency C-section. There is still the potential that something could go wrong with the vacuum extractor or the procedure in general. Medical negligence may also play a role and lead to the procedure not being done right.

Many birth injuries are preventable

It can be a devastating experience to have the glorious event of a child’s birth turn into a terrifying situation involving a birth injury in Indiana. Babies are the most at risk, though mothers can experience injuries, too. There are many reasons why these injuries can occur. According to Stanford Children’s Health, physical injuries to a baby can occur due to a difficult labor or one that is prolonged, prematurity, the mother’s pelvis being too narrow or the baby being too big.

Common injuries are those to the upper body, including the shoulders and head. Asphyxiation can be a risk if the child gets stuck in the birth canal. Bruising is very likely to occur during birth and usually go away on its own without lasting effects. Other more serious issues include facial paralysis, fractures and brachial palsy.

A birth injury can mean a lifetime of struggles and expenses

It can be devastating to learn that your baby has a condition that will negatively impact his or her life. It seems it should be a basic right for all children to come into the world with a fair chance of growing up normally and becoming happy and productive. But if a newborn suffers a brain injury during the delivery, the effects could last anywhere from a few months to an entire lifetime.


Study finds miscommunication a problem in hospitals

Keeping the lines of communication open is important in every work environment. Serious mistakes can occur when co-workers are not on the same page. And sometimes, these mistakes can cost a business time and money. But when a staff member in a hospital fails to communicate effectively, the results could lead to patients suffering serious injuries.

A report put out by a group of patient safety experts reveals how patient care is adversely affected by communication breakdowns in hospitals. In compiling the report, the experts looked at more than 23,000 cases in which patients were harmed in some way and miscommunication played a role in more than 7,000 of those cases.

What methods can be used to diagnose cerebral palsy?

If your baby is having issues with movement or seems to be slow in reaching developmental benchmarks, it would be very wise to take him or her to a doctor for a diagnosis. Often, such symptoms are things the baby will grow out of and not long-term issues. However, if the baby has developed cerebral palsy, he or she may need special care. CP is a condition that is related to the brain and could be due to an abnormality or injury.

To diagnose CP, a doctor will assess the baby's complete medical history and perform a physical exam. The doctor also evaluates the baby's symptoms and performs a thorough neurological exam. In addition, the doctor may order other forms of tests, which could include the following:

What do I need to prove in a cerebral palsy lawsuit?

Cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to a variety of disorders that result from an injury or the baby not receiving enough oxygen before, during or after the delivery. A child with cerebral palsy will not only face more challenges but will also require special care and treatment. And the extent of the child's needs will be contingent upon the severity of the condition.


You can take proactive steps prior to undergoing surgery

If you or a loved one is experiencing a health issue, it is, of course, imperative that you seek the diagnosis of a medical professional. If your doctor tells you that surgery is the best way to address your condition, then you have a couple of very important decisions to make. First, you need to decide if you are going to simply trust the doctor and other health care providers and go along with their recommendations or if you are going to gather information on your own and then decide if you want to have the procedure.

Meconium aspiration syndrome and infant brain injuries

Throughout its development in the womb, a fetus experiences many physical changes. These changes are intended to help the baby get ready for birth. For example, the manner in which an infant breathes changes drastically after birth. And it is very important for the doctor and staff who are performing the delivery to monitor a baby's vital signs to be ready to take emergency measures in case complications with the infant's breathing arise. 

Parents need to carefully monitor babies to catch symptoms of CP

Cerebral palsy is a condition that typically develops as a result of a brain injury suffered during birth. And while many of those who carry the condition grow up to lead productive and happy lives, they must face many obstacles that most people never have to contend with. And those whose condition is especially severe may always require special care.