Delayed decisions can result in birth injury

The birth of a baby is an exciting time for North Carolina parents. Many expectant parents spend months preparing for the baby’s arrival; they share their good news with friends and family, make sure that precautions are taken to provide a safe environment, decorate the nursery, interview pediatricians and even dream of their child’s future. However, the excitement and anticipation can quickly turn to disbelief and heartache if a birth injury occurs.

One of the most common conditions that can occur as the result of birth injury is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is just one of the problems that can happen as the result of a brain injury during the baby’s delivery. It can also be caused by a lack of oxygen being delivered to the baby’s brain during the delivery process.

As the mother prepares to deliver the baby, both mom and baby are monitored to make sure that both remain healthy. If there does appear to be a problem, decisions are made regarding whether the delivery should continue as is or if a cesarean section should be performed. These decisions can be critical if there is a problem with oxygen being delivered to the baby’s brain or other such concerns. At times, it is imperative that a decision be made quickly in order to give the baby the best chance.

If such a decision is not made in a timely manner, it is possible that the baby will suffer as a result. Once possible outcome is that the baby will suffer a birth injury such as cerebral palsy. This is a lifelong condition that will require ongoing care and treatment. If the parents believe that their child’s condition is the result of a birth injury, legal action may be required to obtain the support that will be needed.

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