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Baby peacefully sleeping with hands touching

There are many different ways a child can be injured during delivery or shortly after the time of birth, but one of the most common types of injuries involves damage to a child’s brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that spans across the upper chest area from the neck into the

Infant with their eyes closed holding an adult hand

West syndrome, also referred to as infantile spasms, is a rare type of epilepsy that affects babies. It’s estimated that it occurs in about 1 in 2,000 children and symptoms typically begin to show before the child is a year old, most commonly between the ages of 4 and 8 months. When a child has

Adult holding infant baby's hand with hospital band

When an infant is injured during or shortly after delivery, it’s very important for treatment begin as quickly as possible. Every birth injury is unique and the type of treatment a child will need depends on the exact type of injury and how severe the injury is. However, there are many types of treatments that

Mother holding baby in towel after birth

When the time comes to welcome a new child into the world, mothers aren’t necessarily limited to giving birth in a hospital. Some expectant parents like the idea of delivering their new child in the comfort of their own home with the assistance of a midwife and doula while others might be interested in heading

Mother in hospital gown kissing infant on the forehead

Taking care of a newborn baby can be very overwhelming, particularly for first-time parents. Newborns are so tiny and their bodies look so delicate, so it’s very common for new parents (and their friends and family members) to be very nervous that they might drop the baby and hurt it, especially if they don’t have

Mother holding baby in hands resting on her legs

Being born isn’t easy and once a baby makes their entrance into the world, it’s very common for them to have some bruises or swelling. While it’s certainly alarming to see a newborn with bruising, in many cases, it’s simply the result of pressure from the birth canal or making contact with the mother’s pelvic

Infant with their eyes closed holding an adult hand

Seizures in infants and newborns can be caused by a very wide range of things, such as genetic disorders, meningitis, other types of infections, strokes, and brain tumors. But figuring out an exact cause isn’t always easy. According to Epilepsy Action, doctors  are typically unable to find a cause of seizures in about 2-3 out

Mother holding baby in hands resting on her legs

Even in a normal, healthy pregnancy, it’s still possible that a child could end up experiencing a lack of oxygen during delivery. Problems with the umbilical cord or placental abruption are just two things that could potentially cut off a child’s oxygen supply. In some cases, it can happen because of maternal health conditions like

Newborn baby with dark hair sleeping

Cesarean section deliveries are very common in the United States. According to the CDC, nearly 32% of all deliveries in 2016 were made via Cesarean and they can occur for a very wide range of reasons. Some mothers choose to give birth with a C-section, but in many cases, they’re the result of problems like

MRI image of brain identifying injury

A lack of oxygen during delivery is always cause for concern. If appropriate actions aren’t taken quickly enough to restore oxygen, the results can potentially be devastating. A very mild case of birth asphyxia might not cause any permanent injury, but more severe cases can lead to seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, and other types of

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