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What are three common birth injuries?

Bringing a new life into the world is an exciting time for expecting parents. However, it is also a period filled with apprehension and anxiety as you hope your newborn’s entrance into the world goes smoothly.

Childbirth is not devoid of risks, and instead poses many dangers. For example, your baby could suffer a birth injury or birth trauma during labor. These injuries could unfortunately prove catastrophic and tragic. Birth injuries could turn one of the best days of your lives into one of the worst days.

While you may have a difficult birth, it’s your doctor’s job to prepare for and recognize any potentially dangerous situations. However, a doctor’s negligence or improper use of forceps or vacuums could injure your baby during delivery. Many injuries happen daily, and here are three common ones according to Stanford Children’s Health:

  • Facial paralysis: Birth and labor could result in facial paralysis. There is an additional risk of this injury happening when forceps are used for delivery. In some instances, the facial nerve is torn, requiring surgery. You may notice paralysis in your newborn if one side of their face lacks movement. For example, their eye could refuse to close.
  • Subdural hematoma: Brian trauma is one of the most serious birth injuries, and subdural hematoma especially poses substantial risks. Subdural hematoma occurs when blood builds up between the brain’s covering and surface. While surgery could treat the injury if it’s less serious, there’s the potential it could persist as a chronic condition. A few of the symptoms in infants include frequent vomiting, seizures, feeding issues and bumps or bulges near the soft spots on your baby’s head.
  • Brachial palsy: Brachial palsy results from the injury of a group of nerves that controls movement in your baby’s hands and arms. When this injury occurs, your baby may be unable to flex or rotate their arm. With a bruised or swollen nerve, your baby’s immobility in their arm should return within a few months. However, a torn nerve could lead to permanent damage.

New parents want to care for the life they’ve brought into the world. So, when childbirths go awry, you may have anxiety and constantly worry about how to protect your loved one. If your infant’s injury resulted from improper use of medical devices or medical negligence, you might be particularly wary of the doctor and uncertain of how they can be held accountable. If there’s proof of medical malpractice, an attorney may provide guidance into whether you have a strong case.

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