Things can go wrong in the delivery room. Some injuries can’t be avoided…others can. Sometimes, doctors choose the wrong delivery method for an infant, which results in serious and life altering injuries. Many injuries from childbirth are preventable.
Birth delivery injuries can happen to the mother, the baby or both. However, in this article we are going to look at common injuries to newborns.
Caput succedaneum: This is swelling of a newborns scalp. Bruising may accompany the swelling, but will most likely disappear within a few days. This can be caused by pressure on the baby’s head during a head-first delivery or the use of a vacuum extraction procedure.
Cephalohematoma: Also a result of a vacuum extraction procedure, cephalohematoma occurs when blood collects between the skin and the top of the skull. Although it typically goes away within a few weeks to three months, it can be a precursor to jaundice.
Brachial plexus birth palsy: Also called Erb’s Palsy, if a baby’s neck is stretched too far during delivery, it results in a nerve-related injury. This causes weakness, numbness, and loss of motion in the arms of a newborn. Most babies recover the feeling and movement, but some require physical therapy, and surgery if little or no improvement is seen within three to six months. In the worst cases a child can lose complete use of one or both arms.
Birth fractures: Common fractures from delivery are to the clavicle or collarbone. Sometimes these fractures are unavoidable, but often a c-section is an appropriate course of treatment that will prevent such injuries. If the doctor had a realistic opportunity to recognize probable complications and failed to take adequate precautions, to prevent birth fractures, it could be malpractice.
Subconjunctival hemorrhage: A small red patch on the white of your baby’s eye could be the result of ruptured blood vessels. It’s caused by pressure on different parts of the baby’s body during delivery. Typically, the damage is not permanent.
Brain Injury: During the delivery process the contractions put a great deal of pressure on the baby. Under certain circumstances this pressure can cut of oxygen to the baby’s brain. If this pressure is not monitored properly a baby can go too long without oxygen and suffer serious brain injury.
Although these are some of the most common injuries from delivery, there is a broad expanse of birthing injuries, many which result in lasting damage. If the treating physician failed to provide the level of a care that a skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professional should, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice case.
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