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.
Sometimes during a delivery, things don't go as planned. If the child isn't responding as expected or something else out of the ordinary occurs, doctors may decide to change the method of birth. When this happens, however, it is important that the mother be informed of the possible risks associated with a method she wasn't planning on.
Having a baby should be a happy day for parents. After months of anticipation, there should be nothing but joy for the little one's arrival.