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.
Erb's palsy can result when a person suffers an injury to their brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is located in a person's shoulder, and is a group of nerves that, if damaged, can result in weakness or even paralysis. In certain cases, babies born to New Mexico parents can suffer Erb's palsy if their delivery room doctors and nurses fail to take reasonable care in their deliveries.
Every day, New Mexico parents welcome new children into the world. While having a baby can be a scary process full of questions and unknowns, many women and their partners are able to safely bring their babies into the world without experiencing excessive stress or harm. In rare cases, medical problems may cause birth challenges that medical professionals must manage to protect the health of both the mothers and children participating in the births.
The last possible thing New Mexican parents would want to think about is a birth injury. Unfortunately, birth injuries do occur. Although, most doctors and medical facilities take the necessary precautions to assure a healthy birth, doctors are human, and as we all know, humans make mistakes.
New Mexico residents are likely aware that there are certain things expecting mothers should not do while pregnant. Smoking cigarettes, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and using illegal drugs all contribute to problems with a pregnancy and birth. Nonetheless, there may be circumstances where an expecting mother may not be able to prevent a birth injury.
Several weeks ago, we touched upon the standard of care to which states like New Mexico generally hold doctors and other medical professionals in birth injury cases. Basically, physicians are held to a higher standard of care than an average person would be held to, and, depending upon the circumstances, may be held to the standard of a reasonably prudent specialist in the medical field. But, doctors are not the only ones who might be liable for a child injured during the birth process.
The birth of a child is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. When that child enters the world and immediately has health problems, it can be devastating to everyone involved. A newborn should have his or her entire life ahead, so any injury, especially one with long-term consequences, takes a toll on that child's potential quality of life. When such injuries are avoidable, such as those due to medical malpractice of a New Mexico doctor, the situation is all the more tragic.
Becoming a parent is one the most joyous occasions in any adult's life. That special moment can become stressful one, when and if, a child suffers from birth-related trauma or an incident pre or post-birth that causes a child serious injury. This injury can affect the rest of a child's life and thus will change how that child is raised by their parents. It can be beneficial to look at the long-term costs of raising a child with a birth injury by determining a 'life care plan.'