The birth of a child is often the most beautiful and memorable day in a parent’s life. Although a parent’s love is not contingent on a child’s health, everyone prays that a child is born as healthy as possible. This is why birth injuries can be especially scary, even when their results are not permanent.
What sorts of babies are most likely to experience birth injuries?
Many of the riskiest birth situations involve a difficult proportion between the mother and the baby or the impingement of access to oxygen or nutrients at key moments. Babies with a high birth weight or a volume that is difficult to deliver may experience bruising or a blockage in the umbilical cord. Long labor periods may also cause hypoxia, a lack of adequate oxygen just before or during birth.
What are the most common birth injuries?
Any part of the baby that is strained in the birth canal may bruise. Some bleeding may be internal and give the appearance of a more serious condition. The blood will be reabsorbed by the body under normal circumstances. Some of the more serious conditions include tears or sprains caused by forceps or facial paralysis caused by nerve damage.
What can parents do about more serious birth injuries?
The families of babies who struggled in the birth process may have a case for financial damages if they can show the physicians in charge should have been able to avoid the problem. An attorney can help people work out the best way to research this possibility and forward it in court.