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What are the possible risks of inducing labor?

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.

What you should know about cerebral palsy

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.

Risks and hazards associated with forceps deliveries

When you get ready to give birth in an Oregon hospital, your ultimate goal is probably to leave the facility with a healthy, injury-free baby, but the birthing process is not always a smooth one. For some parents and their children, in fact, it can prove downright harrowing. Forceps deliveries, for example, which physicians sometimes deem necessary when the birthing process is not proceeding as anticipated, have the potential to cause injuries to mother and child, and in some cases, those injuries can prove quite serious. At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller, we recognize that forceps deliveries involve certain risks, and we have helped many people who experienced hardship in the wake of a forceps delivery pursue appropriate recourse.

Understanding birth injury medical malpractice claims

At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller in Oregon, we know how devastating a birth injury can be, not only for the new baby himself or herself, but also for the parents. If your child suffered a birth injury during delivery, what you may not know is that you have the right to sue the physician whose negligence caused the birth injury. In addition, you also have the right to sue the hospital who employed him or her.

Misdiagnosis: More common than some may think

Every year, millions of people across the United States visit outpatient clinics and emergency rooms in hopes of finding a diagnosis to whatever is ailing them. People put their trust in health care professionals and expect them to perform the proper screenings and tests that will alert them to the problem. Surprisingly, studies have found that 12 million Americans who are treated in these settings are misdiagnosed or are not given a diagnosis at all. This is according to a study released in BMJ Quality & Safety. In approximately six million of those cases, patients faced potential harm because of the misdiagnosis. Wrongful diagnosis can lead to a myriad of injuries, including those that may harm a pregnancy or cause birth injuries. Why are doctors misdiagnosing patients at such an alarming rate?

What is shoulder dystocia?

As an expectant Oregon mom, this likely is one of the most exciting times in your life. Nothing surpasses the joy of welcoming a new baby into the world and into your home. The last thing you want or expect is that your baby might suffer a birth injury while being born. Unfortunately, many babies do suffer such injuries, including that of shoulder dystocia.

Understanding birth asphyxia

At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller in Oregon, we know how devastating a birth injury can be, not only for your baby, but also for yourself and other family members. While some birth injuries are more catastrophic than others, all of them are catastrophic for you since they affect your precious baby’s immediate and possibly future health and welfare.

Birth injury or birth defect: which is which?

As an expectant Oregon mother, you undoubtedly think a lot about your growing baby’s development and health. You look forward to his or her birth as one of the happiest days of your life. Occasionally, however, you may worry that your baby will receive a birth injury or that (s)he might be born with a birth defect.

What are the risks of a vacuum extraction?

As an expecting mother in Oregon, it's only natural that you hope for the best when it comes to your child's health through the entire pregnancy and birth. Unfortunately, there are some situations in which a baby cannot be born naturally. In these cases, a vacuum extractor might be used.

What are the most common temporary birth injuries?

As an expectant mother in Oregon, your main concerns throughout your pregnancy are your baby’s health, safety and welfare. The last thing you want to think about is the possibility of your baby suffering a birth injury. Sadly, however, these injuries do occur, although many of them are not serious and leave no lasting ill effects.

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