Whether an expectant mother develops pregnancy complications or is a couple weeks overdue, sometimes labor and delivery need a little help. The drug Pitocin is commonly used in hospitals in Oregon and across the country to induce labor in mothers who are ready to give birth, but you should educate yourself on the potential risks an induced labor can involve.
Missed, delayed and incorrect diagnoses are common occurrences in the U.S. and contribute to the high rate of medical mistakes. No one is safe from this error, but it affects more women than men, reports the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Whether you are pregnant or have a family member who is, you may be aware the congenital defects and cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects more than 200,000 people in the United States every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85 to 90 percent of cerebral palsy cases are congenital. This defect often occurs in early brain development, and causes stiff muscles, poor balance and coordination and uncontrollable movement. Although there are several different causes of cerebral palsy, babies who suffer from a lack of oxygen during the birthing process may be at a higher risk for developing the life-long disorder.
During your pregnancy, the umbilical cord is a literal lifeline between you and your unborn baby, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the baby. When the cord is compromised for longer than a few moments, your baby’s health and safety may be at risk. However, mild umbilical cord compression can be a normal part of most pregnancies. You and other Oregon mothers-to-be may want to educate yourselves on when cord compression is not a cause for concern, and when it can become a complication.