One of the things that a resident of the Albuquerque area probably dreads is seeing the baby that they had been longing for over the months or even years be delivered with a significant birth injury. While in some cases these injuries really are unfortunate accidents, in other cases, they are in fact the result of medical malpractice.
A previous post on this blog talked about Erb's palsy and its causes. To review, this condition, in its most severe forms, can leave a newborn unable to move his or her arm fully for the rest of his or her life, even with corrective surgery and treatment. The biggest problem with this condition, though, is that it can be prevented with the proper care and caution from the baby's labor and delivery team.
This blog has previously discussed the various types of birth injuries parents in the Albuquerque area may have to deal with after labor and delivery. Any type of birth injury is a traumatic affair for New Mexico parents who were probably hoping for and expecting a healthy child at the end of their pregnancy.
When parents in Albuquerque go in to the hospital in order to have their child, their emotions are probably a mix of excitement and anxiety. They may be overjoyed at the thought of welcoming their child into the world, yet at the same time realize that the process of labor and delivery is a painful experience that can also be dangerous for both the mother and unborn child.
Cerebral palsy is a very serious condition that can leave a child unable to walk or, in milder cases, get around normally for all of his or her life. Although it affects the child's ability to control his or her muscular movements, it is in fact a brain condition that people used to think was caused by oxygen deprivation during the birth process.
If a baby does not receive enough oxygen before, during or after the labor and delivery process then they may suffer from hypoxia. Not every Albuquerque baby born with hypoxia will develop the sometimes serious and life-long complications that this often preventable birth injury can impose, but those who do run the risk of suffering from life-altering conditions. This post will generally discuss some of the factors that may suggest that a baby will suffer from hypoxia as well as possible health issues that may result from a lack of oxygen. This post does not provide any medical or legal advice to its readers and individuals with questions about this topic should consult with the appropriate legal professionals.
For around 40 weeks a New Mexico woman may wait for the birth of her child. While most expectant mothers experience general discomfort and other mild ailments associated with their conditions, some develop serious and, in some cases, life-threatening complications that can jeopardize the safety of both mothers and unborn children. One of those complications is preeclampsia. While preeclampsia cannot be cured before a mother gives birth, it is imperative that her doctor monitor her for the condition and take proactive steps to keep her and her child safe if it becomes an issue.
Shoulder dystocia, Erb's palsy and a host of other birth injuries are often preventable harms that befall newborns due to the negligence of the medical professionals present at the times of their births. Many birth injuries occur when doctors, nurses and other medical professionals fail to properly monitor mothers-to-be and their unborn babies for identifiable conditions that may suggest risks and complications. An unfortunate number of New Mexico families are affected by these tragedies each year.
Shoulder dystocia is a medical condition that occurs during the labor and delivery process. An Albuquerque mother and child may experience this sometimes serious and often scary complication when the baby's shoulders cannot pass through the birthing canal. As a result, a baby can become lodged inside of their mother and both mother and child can suffer significant complications as a result.
The term "fetal distress" generally refers to a lack of oxygen traveling to a baby before, during and after the labor process. It can be a serious complication and when it is left unmonitored and without treatment it can result in infants suffering serious and sometimes lifelong complications. This post will discuss one of the ways that New Mexico doctors may monitor their patients to ensure that babies undergoing the birthing process avoid fetal distress and the conditions that may serve as indicators that fetal distress will occur during labor.