It is not unusual for an expectant mother to worry about her baby's health. And if you are pregnant, you no doubt want your baby to come into the world healthy and strong. But while you wait for the big day to arrive, you need to take good care of yourself. By taking measures to bolster your health, you are also supplementing your baby's well-being.
Giving birth to a stillborn baby can be an extremely traumatic experience. A mother goes from thrilled at the expectation of having a baby to dealing with the grief of losing a child. There are a number of possible causes for stillbirths. Previously on this blog we covered one possible culprit: preeclampsia. In that post, we described some of the symptoms and tests that can be administered by doctors to detect the condition.
The birth of a baby can elicit a vast range of emotions. There is the exhilaration of bringing a new life into the world and excitement of watching that life grow. But parenting can also be fraught with challenges and anxieties.
When a couple has a child, they hope that he or she is in perfect health and ready to grow and live normally. But sadly, sometimes children suffer birth injuries and develop conditions that can prove problematic. Cerebral palsy is one such condition that can alter the course of a child's life.
Becoming a parent is simultaneously a joyful and terrifying process. When a baby is born, parents are prepared to face colic and sleepless nights. They're ready to deal with baby proofing and ear infections. They are not ready to hear that their baby has a lifelong disability that was caused by a medical error.
For parents who have lost a child, the grief is tremendous. With a pregnancy comes the expectation of a normal birth and a child. Unlike some conditions, pregnancy seems so normal, and so many proceed with few issues that it is shockingly disorienting for something to go wrong and to leave a couple without a child.
Birth injuries are among the most affecting of all medical malpractice cases, in both senses of the word "affect." They affect the health of the child, leaving them with a lifetime of medical consequences and they are affecting emotionally because they cause harm to an infant, who is most dependent on us for all of their care.
Pregnancy is an exciting, stressful time in any parent's life. There are so many things a pregnant woman is supposed to do to protect her unborn child and mothers-to-be go to great lengths to ensure they are taking what they need to take and avoiding what they need to avoid in the hopes of delivering a healthy baby.
It is indeed a tragedy when the childbirth process causes an infant to suffer from injuries or conditions related to traumas that occurred during labor and birth. Some women seem to sail through the births of their children, yet other women undergo grueling labors that sap their strength and jeopardize the health and welfare of both the mother and fetus. Below are some challenges a mother and her obstetrician or midwife can face during the birthing process.