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Maternal birth injuries unacceptably high across the U.S.

When something goes wrong during childbirth, both the baby and the mother's lives could be at stake. Unfortunately, emergency situations may not be treated or recognized in a timely manner, causing mothers to suffer life-long complications or even die. According to an analysis by USA Today, one in eight hospitals in the U.S. have complication rates twice the norm for labor and delivery. This is a serious issue affecting mothers in Texas and across the nation.

When can negligent birth injuries lead to cerebral palsy?

Each year, approximately 10,000 babies across the nation, including some in Texas, will be born with cerebral palsy. While sometimes this type of birth injury takes place after the child is born, sometimes it takes place before the child is born or during the birthing process. In fact, around 20% of those with cerebral palsy suffered the injury that lead to the condition during the birth process.

How can undiagnosed preeclampsia impact a pregnancy?

Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition that can threaten the health of a pregnant Texas woman and her unborn child. Because preeclampsia can result in dangerous and even tragic complications during labor and delivery, legal recourse may be necessary to ensure that victims are made whole after suffering losses.

Dealing with abnormal presentation during labor and delivery

While mothers in Texas may dream of having positive birth experiences when they go into labor with their babies, in reality there are a lot of things that can happen that can throw problems into their well-laid plans. Medical professionals must be ready to deal with a barrage of surprises and emergencies that may threaten the health and wellbeing of the mothers and babies who are under their care. One common but often difficult birth complication that can create problems for laboring mothers is the abnormal presentation of their babies.

What risks are associated with forceps deliveries?

Obstetricians in Texas must be prepared to manage any problems or complications that may arise when their patients go into labor. Not only are they responsible for the lives of the women under their care, but they are also responsible for the health and safety of the babies that they deliver into the world. While some mothers may have smooth labors and deliveries that do not require any intervention, others may need support and intervention from their doctors to birth their babies.

Texas hospital facing birth injury claims after baby suffers harm

The birth of a baby should be a joyful and healthy process. Although complications can arise, medical professionals across the country are trained in the best practices for identifying, treating and preventing ailments in babies and mothers when the labor and delivery processes begin. When they fail to do so, serious and life-threatening harm can result and infants can become victims of significant birth injuries.

What is hypoxia?

When problems arise within critical body functions, such as the respiratory, neurological and cardiovascular systems, a person's overall health and safety may be put at risk. Mistakes made by doctors during the birth of children in Texas can put them at risk of death and serious injury before they have even made their entrances into the world.

Texas Supreme Court weighs in on birth injury case

The birth of a child is an exciting time in the lives of parents. While many prospective mothers and fathers may exert a great amount of effort to prepare for their child's arrival, they cannot always anticipate the needs that their children will have once they enter the world. Particularly when a child is born with an illness or injury, parents may need to scramble to understand their conditions and related care.

C-sections can impose risks on mothers and babies

A Cesarean section is an operation that may be necessary to facilitate the birth of a child. When a mother cannot deliver her child naturally, she may require the intervention of a C-section to safely bring her newborn into the world. While many C-sections happen every day in Texas without issue, C-sections can be dangerous when doctors and other medical professionals fail to properly monitor and care for both mothers and babies.

How does shoulder dystocia happen in newborns?

Shoulder dystocia can be a scary complication for a Texas mother in labor. It happens when a baby's shoulders become caught in its mother's pelvis during delivery and the baby cannot move forward through the birth canal. In many cases, doctors can quickly and safety extract the baby without any injuries or problems. However, if a child becomes lodged inside their mother for too long, they can suffer from some very serious and long-term complications.

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