Bringing a child into the world can be one of the most incredible experiences of your life, but some mistakes made during the delivery can lead to devastating consequences. Many babies in Oregon and across the country suffer from Erb's Palsy, a condition that can occur when a doctor makes crucial errors at the time of birth.
The way a couple chooses to do childbirth is a very personal decision. For some, the standard, hospital-based approach is preferred, while for others, having their child at home allows them to better tailor the process to their preferences. For couples who prefer to do childbirth at home, the services of professional midwives are valuable.
In some rare cases in Oregon, a baby's shoulders will become lodged in a mother's birth canal, and the force of her body trying to push the baby out may cause severe injuries to them both. While a baby may suffer injuries that resolve within six months, he or she may also suffer from permanent disabilities or death.
There are many types of birth injuries, and one familiar one is cerebral palsy. Oregon parents faced with this condition after the birth of their child might initially blame their labor and delivery team for the issue, but in many cases, this is misplaced. Scientists believe that the majority of CP cases do not arise because of errors in the labor and delivery process. In many situations, the factors causing the condition are present before birth.
Oregon residents may know that women who become pregnant over the age of 35 are at an increased risk for many complications. Now, a study shows that women who are at an advanced maternal age at first birth have an increased risk of major pelvic floor trauma during delivery.
Oregon expectant women may be interested to learn about a woman who was awarded $50 million for childbirth injuries. The woman was permanently injured due to medical errors that were made during the birth of her first child. Though the woman had severe injuries, she was not aware of them until after her second child was born.
Statistics indicate that as many as four of every 1,000 births result in cerebral palsy. An Oregon couple faced with this outcome may have numerous questions about this motor disorder, one of the most common suffered by babies. In some cases, parents may have advance warning of a possible medical problem based on prenatal tests. However, many instances of cerebral palsy arise because of medical errors or neglect during labor and delivery. In such cases, parents might have reason to seek compensation related to the situation.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that there are far more cesarean deliveries performed in the United States than the 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries that the World Health Organization recommends. The study shows that almost 33 percent of deliveries involve a C-section, which is much higher than other countries. The reasons for this may surprise expecting couples in Oregon.
Expectant women in Oregon sometimes want to have their child delivered at home with a midwife, rather than in the hospital. Many are nervous to do so in case a problem arises, however. A Canadian study shows that at-home births carry similar risks as those in hospitals as long as the woman's pregnancy is a low-risk one.
A Texas man whose daughter suffered birth injuries during a botched cesarean section delivery at a military hospital is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to change a rule that bars active military members from suing the government over injuries that are "incident to military service." The case could impact the rights of military service members in Oregon and nationwide.