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Those eligible to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit

Cerebral palsy is a motor disorder that affects newborn babies and children in New York and around the world. For every 1,000 births, up to four infants have it and, in many of those cases, it was caused by a negligent doctor, nurse or other medical party.

Why is the rate of C-sections so high in the U.S.?

Every year, a percentage of infants born in New York hospitals are delivered via cesarean section. At the end of 2015, the Journal of American Medicine published a study indicating that the ideal rate of C-sections established by the World Health Organization of 10 to 15 percent may be too low.

Study compares outcomes of home births and hospital births

Expectant parents in New York want to plan the perfect birth. Home birth, although not prevalent in the United States, does exist as an option for women with low-risk pregnancies. To examine the safety of home birth, Canadian researchers compared outcomes for women without any pregnancy risk factors who gave birth at home or in a hospital. They found only small differences between the two settings and declared home birth as safe as hospital birth for healthy women.

Study shows more complications for weekend childbirths

New York parents may be interested to learn about a new study that shows more complications occur when expectant mothers are admitted to the hospital for childbirth during the weekend. The study, which was published in a British medical journal, examined the histories of more than 1 million women admitted to British hospitals over a two-year period.

The causes of birth asphyxia

Birth asphyxia occurs in approximately four of every 1,000 full-term births around the United States. It may happen more frequently during premature births. New York couples who are expecting a child may want to learn more about this potentially troublesome birth injury.

Electronic fetal monitoring can cause problems

New York parents who are expecting a child may be interested to learn that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that, based on a review of multiple studies, electronic fetal monitoring is not advantageous for mothers or infants. Electronic fetal monitoring, which monitors the heartbeat of the infant during delivery, is supposed to alert medical staff if the infant becomes distressed and needs to be delivered immediately.

Modern maternal mortality rates in the U.S.

New York mothers may be interested in learning more about the recent statistics concerning maternal mortality rates in the U.S. The steep decline in pregnancy-related deaths since the 1930s has been described as one of the greatest achievements in the public health sector during the modern era. Before then, approximately one out of every 100 women died after giving birth. During the late 1980s, less than eight out of every 100,000 women in the U.S died as a result of childbirth.

Laryngeal nerve trauma during birth

Children in New York may experience some degree of trauma during the process of birth. There is also a possibility that conditions in the womb may have caused damage to the nascent child. Birth trauma is expressed in many forms, but one common symptom of natural birth trauma and medical errors during delivery can be injury to the laryngeal nerve.

Assisted delivery may be risky

As many New York parents may know, there are times when assistance is needed during childbirth. Instruments, such as a vacuum extractor, are commonly used to help the baby move through the birth canal when a mother needs help during delivery. The vacuum extractor uses suction applied to the top of the baby's head through the use of a small plastic cup.

Birth injuries from forceps

Many mothers in New York may have had their baby delivered through the use of forceps. These are relatively simple mechanical tools that can be used to help guide a child through the birth canal in the event of a difficult vaginal delivery.

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