Pitt County parents spend months anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Few parents are prepared for the helpless feelings that occur when something goes wrong during the delivery process. Injuries from shoulder dystocia are rare, but they do happen and may be the result of medical negligence.
Those in North Carolina who recently had or are expecting a child might want to pay attention to the findings of a European study examining the benefits of inducing labor for babies who are larger than average. When babies are in the top weight percentile for their gestational age, there is risk that these babies face injuries if their shoulders get stuck during delivery. Inducing labor earlier than the normal 39 weeks could make delivery safer as the babies are smaller at 37 to 38 weeks.
Some North Carolina parents may be interested in learning about infant intra-abdominal hemorrhage during the delivery process. This type of injury is not common, but may lead to significant blood loss. When this happens, a quick response by the medical team might avert serious complications or death.
Parents in North Carolina sometimes must cope with a birth injury to their newborn. One type of injury attributed to birth trauma is called laryngeal nerve injury. Although the condition often heals, the symptoms can be alarming and the treatment lengthy.
Mothers in North Carolina will be interested to hear about a medical malpractice suit in Los Angeles regarding a woman who was 39 weeks pregnant and living in a homeless shelter. She went to the emergency room with complaints of severe pain in her abdomen. The resident physician discharged her, but she returned to the hospital about 12 hours later and had to undergo an emergency cesarean section.
Although a vast majority of women still choose to give birth in a hospital setting, the last several years have been witness to a surge in the number of pre-planned births at home. In response to this growing trend, the American Academy of Pediatrics has created a new set of safety criteria to mitigate the risk of birth injuries, which may be of interest to North Carolina residents looking into at-home birth.