Birth Trauma Archives | Goodwin & Scieszka

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Having an appropriate amount of amniotic fluid is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. It helps support fetal growth, cushions the baby, and prevents the umbilical cord from becoming compressed. In some cases, typically in the third trimester or when a baby is overdue, an expectant mother might develop a condition known as oligohydramnios,

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The good news is that umbilical cord complications are fairly rare. And when they do occur, they very often do not cause any harm to the baby. However, it’s still very important for doctors to take appropriate steps to monitor for potential umbilical cord conditions so that steps can be taken to prevent complications. For

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When injuries occur around the time of birth, it’s important for steps to be taken right away to assess the extent of those injuries and determine what treatment, if any, is needed. But how do you know if your child has been injured?  Some of the immediate signs of birth trauma include limp limbs, tense

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Over the years, vacuum assisted births have become increasingly less common as c-sections became a more widely used option. It’s now estimated that vacuum assisted births account for about 2.5% of non-caesarean births. However, they can be an option if labor has stalled out in the second stage, if there are concerns around the baby’s

Overhead view of a mother in a hospital gown holding a newborn baby.

One aspect of consumer law that people commonly know is the concept of “bait and switch.” A bait and switch occurs when a company advertises one product or service without actually intending to sell the product/service at the advertised price. Instead, they try to convince consumers to purchase another, more expensive, product/service that the company

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When complications occur during delivery, it’s important for appropriate actions to be taken quickly to prevent harm to the baby and the mother. In some cases, this means ordering an emergency cesarean. But, in some cases, doctors may use birth assisting tools like forceps and vacuum extractors to help keep delivery moving along and bring

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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

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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