Birth Trauma Archives - Page 5 of 6 - Goodwin & Scieszka

Even under the best of circumstances, giving birth isn’t easy. But according to the March of Dimes, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) every year. Although many babies who are born prematurely go on to live happy, healthy lives, premature birth is the leading cause of death of babies in the United

Cerebral palsy is the most common type of childhood motor disability, with over 500,000 children and adults in the United States impacted by it. Several different factors can result in a child developing cerebral palsy, including bleeding or infections in the brain, severe jaundice, maternal infections, a lack of oxygen during delivery, and medical malpractice.

A lack of oxygen during childbirth can result in many different effects for the child, the severity of which largely depends on how prolonged the lack of oxygen continued for. But even in cases of mild oxygen deprivation, there might still be long-term effects to cope with. During a 2014 study conducted by the University

Every year, approximately 28,000 people in the United States are born with a birth injury. Many factors can result in birth injuries, including the size of the baby, the baby’s position, maternal health conditions, the use of tools during delivery, and negligence of medical professionals attending the birth. But you might be surprised to learn

Babies are born at many different sizes. While the average weight of a newborn is 7.7 pounds, many babies are a little bit heavier than that. If a baby weighs more than 8 pounds, 7 ounces, the baby is considered macrosomic, meaning it is much larger than average. While many macrosomic babies go on to

Birth injuries are relatively rare, but when they do happen, they have the potential to have some very serious effects. While many types of birth injuries can be treated without any major long-term effects, more severe injuries can last for the rest of the child’s life. But are physical injuries the only type of damage

Once a mother goes into labor, it’s very important that her birthing team helps make sure her labor keeps progressing as it should. Even with a healthy, low-risk pregnancy, the process of giving birth can be extremely difficult and traumatic for both the mother and the child and if labor becomes complicated or prolonged, the

During labor and delivery, it’s crucial that doctors pay close attention to the vital signs of both the mother and child. Heart rate in particular can be a very strong indicator of how well a baby is handling the delivery process. During labor and delivery, it’s perfectly normal for the baby’s heart rate to fluctuate.

Despite all the progress that’s been made to make the birthing process safer, it’s still extremely easy for things to go wrong. When complications come up, it’s crucial that the professionals attending to the delivery take appropriate actions to protect the health of the baby. If they don’t, the child could end up suffering serious

When it comes to giving birth, there isn’t just one way to go about it. You might choose to give birth in a hospital with an obstetrician by your side, at home under the supervision of a midwife, or at a birthing center. Maybe you want to have a doula help you through the process.