A new Traumatic Birth Injury Infographic published by Traumatic Birth Injury shows some alarming statistics on traumatic birth injuries. Birth trauma is any damage sustained to a newborn infant’s organs or tissue. It is often caused by physical pressure exerted on the infant or trauma during the birth.
Over 20% of all infant deaths are caused by these birth defects and it is estimated that out of 1000 live births 6 to 8 injuries occur. This is when medical neglect turns to malpractice. In many cases, these injuries are not readily apparent just after childbirth. They only show up later in developmental abnormalities in a child’s growth. The two primary causes of birth trauma are mechanical injuries and anoxic injuries.
Mechanical injuries may be obvious early in infancy but often times they are not. It happens when excessive force is applied to the baby’s head, neck and shoulders, which results in the stretching and/or tearing of the brachial plexus (BP) nerves. These nerves control the muscles of the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Most brachial plexus injuries (BPI) occur during birth because of “shoulder dystocia.” This occurs when the baby’s shoulder becomes “stuck” against the mother’s pubic bone. Unfortunately, BPI is often difficult to diagnose during early infancy. This also makes it difficult to take appropriate measures against negligence and medical errors.
Anoxic injuries occur when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain caused by preeclampsia, prolonged labor, placenta rupture, umbilical cord compression, failure to perform a c-section or overuse of pitocin. The deprivation of oxygen to the brain may result in developmental disability disorders or severe brain damage. Cerebral Palsy (CP) can be the result of an anoxic injury that is due to medical negligence in a majority of the cases. See the infographic for the disturbing statistics on CP and how to go about filing a claim for malpractice if you think your child has been the victim of medical neglect.
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