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Premature membrane rupture is risky and requires management

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.

Get legal help if your child is injured during birth

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.

Parents should understand their rights in birth injury cases

Looking forward to the birth of a baby is something most parents spend nine months doing, with each of those months being full of excited anticipation for the growing baby to join their father and mother outside the womb. That excitement, hope4, and love makes it all the more devastating when something goes wrong and birth injuries occur. If those injuries are a result of medical malpractice, the parents, on behalf of the baby, will undoubtedly want to pursue a legal case.

Shoulder dystocia: When and how does it happen?

When you're expecting, it's easy to dwell on what could go wrong during childbirth - especially if this is your first child or if you've had complications in the past. For women with normal pregnancies, shoulder dystocia is one of the most common complications during vaginal deliveries. It occurs when the baby's shoulder gets stuck behind your pubic bone. This position compresses the umbilical cord, which can put the baby at risk for oxygen deprivation.

Did your doctor miss the signs of a potential uterine rupture?

A uterine rupture occurs when there's a separation of the uterine wall at the site of a prior cesarean incision. They often occur in women who are attempting a vaginal delivery after having had a prior cesarean (VBAC). If the uterine tear goes deep enough, the consequences for both the baby and the mother can be severe -- immediate surgical intervention is required.

Cerebral palsy and its common risk factors

Cerebral palsy is caused by developmental problems or damage involving the brain of a young child. It's been linked at times to oxygen deprivation. While this is one possible reason for CP, there are others that doctors are now considering as well, meaning it's important to know the risk factors. Some include: