With all of the major life changes that take place by welcoming a baby into the world, fretting over the delivery itself can seem no more than an added nuisance. But the worries mothers can have toward giving birth are valid, and, unfortunately, some fears become a reality in North Carolina hospitals. Becoming more knowledgeable about the process and the possible factors at play can help expecting mothers better prepare for the entire whirlwind of a process.
There are, however, different angles from which to view the problem of pregnancy-related injuries. Experts have varying opinions on how most incidents take place, and some would argue that a large majority of injuries could be prevented. No matter the situation, pregnancy trauma is a serious issue that deserves adequate time, research and individual consideration.
The Main Issues at Hand
Doctors across the nation have differing views on how and why birth injuries occur. Medscape points out in a piece on pregnancy trauma that birthing injuries present a complex issue to doctors: prioritizing both mother and child in a potentially dangerious and time-sensitive situation. One reason why injuries are so problematic is that the process often requires multiple professionals, including an emergency clinician, trauma surgeon and neonatologist. However, the causes can range from surgical error to domestic violence and other types of abuse.
The Possible Factors
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also provides a list of potential factors of pregnancy-related injuries, showing that the causes can be traced back to any aspect of a delivery, including any preexisting conditions. High blood pressure and kidney disease are among the most common factors that create danger for the mother and child during a birth. Other health concerns that present additional complications include multiple gestation and gestational diabetes. Because this wide range of complications can happen in any delivery, it is clear that the more doctors know about the mother’s preexisting health concerns and other possible factors, the more likely they can prevent and address a problem, should it occur.