No pregnant woman wants to dwell on the possibility that her baby may be born with birth defects. Yet, roughly 150,000 babies are born with one or more birth defects annually here in the United States.
Losing a baby after it is born or when it still in the womb is a devastating experience for parents. A natural response to this loss is searching for blame. Many Massachusetts parents go through a period in which they blame themselves for the infant's death. When this period ends, both mothers and fathers often look elsewhere for a place to lay the blame.
Unfortunately, many different problems can arise during the birthing process to place newborn infants at risk of birth injuries or death. One of the most common conditions newborns suffer is meconium aspiration syndrome, or MAS.
Forceps are a medical tool somewhat resembling salad tongs that physicians use to assist mothers in birthing a baby. In many cases, the use of forceps is critical to the health of the infant and may even save his or her life.
Giving birth to a child is an extremely personal experience for both parents. As the options for a successful and contented birthing event expand across the nation, it is important for parents to explore these options and choose the one that works best for them. A planned home birth under the care of trained professional offers many rewards, but the process is not without a few risks as well.
Unfortunately, birth injuries because of negligence happen far too often as many Boston parents can attest. Sometimes, mistakes made during the birth process cannot be remedied, but if a member of the birthing staff catches these errors in time, babies can recover and lead healthy, happy lives.
As a parent, you want more than anything for your child to be safe, happy and healthy. During your pregnancy, you do all you can to make sure your little one will have the best start in life, from eating healthy to avoiding unnecessary risks. While not all birth defects are preventable, there are certain measures you can follow and steps you can take to help ensure you're doing your part to secure a healthy future for your child from the get-go.
A normal pregnancy lasts longer than 37 weeks. For some women, this isn't something that is going to happen. Instead, they have preterm premature rupture of the membranes, which means that the woman's water broke prior to 37 weeks gestation.
There are some medical events that should simply never happen -- among them are "wrong site, procedure or patient" errors (WSPEs).
There's something particularly tragic about a child who is injured during delivery. Partially, it's the recognition that the infant was robbed of so much potential -- right at the moment when all that potential should have begun. Partially, it's the recognition that the parents have nurtured a healthy infant for 40 long weeks -- only to have that infant's health destroyed by a careless mistake at the last moment.