Birth Trauma Archives | Goodwin & Scieszka

Overhead view of a woman holding a newborn baby.

Throughout any pregnancy, an expectant mother will undergo many health screenings. It’s very important for doctors to closely monitor the health of both the expectant mother and the baby to make sure everyone is healthy and that there aren’t early indications of complications. In many cases, this includes screenings for conditions such as Down syndrome.

A doctor uses a device to check a patient's blood pressure on their arm.

Preeclampsia is a very well-known type of maternal health complication that typically occurs between the halfway point of pregnancy and the latter stages of pregnancy. It occurs when the mother’s blood pressure becomes dangerously elevated, posing risks to both the mother and child if it is not properly managed. According to the Cleveland Clinic, preeclampsia

A pregnant woman holds her stomach while having a conversation with a doctor.

Staying healthy during pregnancy is a top priority for any expectant mother. So when a mother develops an infection during pregnancy, or has one when she discovers her pregnancy, it’s extremely important for their doctor to take appropriate measures to protect both the mother and the baby. In some cases, even an infection that would

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White coat hypertension is a term given to elevated blood pressure that occurs when an expectant mother is in a doctor’s office, in the presence of people wearing white coats, resulting in blood pressure levels being higher than they normally are when measured at home. Since medical appointments can be stressful, it’s long been thought

Mother holds a sleeping newborn.

Finding out that your newborn child has a birth defect is a deeply upsetting event. It’s only natural to have a lot of questions about your situation. You want to know about what you’ll need to do to care for the child. You want to know how it will affect your child’s life. And, very

A baby cries while laying down.

Being born is a very difficult process, both for the mother and for the baby. Given how delicate a baby’s body can be, particularly if it’s born prematurely, it’s easy for them to get hurt in the process. If delivery becomes prolonged or complicated, the more likely it becomes that injuries can occur, such as

Overhead view of a mother holding a newborn baby.

When an expectant mother tries to find the right doctor to work with throughout their pregnancy, they often do so thinking about what they want from their OB/GYN in the delivery room. For example, if a person has something specific they want in a birthing plan, they’ll want to look for an OB/GYN who will

Crying baby.

It’s extremely common for babies to not be born on their due date. It’s estimated that only about 5% of babies are born on their due dates. If you’re close to your due date or a little bit past it, your doctor may start talking about different ways to get labor started. If induction is

High angle view of a mother in a hospital gown holding a baby.

Amniotic fluid is an extremely important part of having a healthy pregnancy. Amniotic fluid helps protect the child from sudden movements and allows them to move around. It also helps regulate the child’s temperature, protects the umbilical cord from compression, and helps lungs develop correctly. But to do all of those things, it’s important for

A mother wearing a hospital gown holds her baby.

Pregnancy, labor, and delivery can often be very unpredictable. It’s entirely possible for one woman to have a relatively easy pregnancy while another has a much more difficult time. It’s also possible for a woman to have very different experiences from one pregnancy to the next. With how unpredictable pregnancy can be, it’s only natural