Complications in Hospital Childbirth: Are Mothers to Blame?

Ample data suggests that America is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. But while concerned parents blame our health care system and, more specifically, the medical professionals directly involved in childbirth, the medical community has repeatedly claimed that unhealthy parents are, in fact, to blame. This chicken-or-egg argument may be even more complicated than once assumed, as we explain below: Childbirth Injuries and Fatalities: By the Numbers It’s no secret that the United States leads the developed world in infant mortality, but the issue may be far more severe than most people suspect. Statistics from…

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Your New Baby’s in the NICU — Tips for Being Vigilant and Ensuring Good Care for Your Infant

Few parents expect their newborns to end up in the NICU, and yet, estimates indicate that at least 10 percent of newborns find themselves there. Reasons for visiting the NICU can vary, but often involve premature birth, breathing irregularities, birth defects, or heart problems. This process is overwhelming, but your vigilance can ensure a positive outcome. Follow these tips to ensure quality care: Get Familiar With Your Child’s NICU Team Don’t be afraid to introduce yourselves to the professionals working in NICU. During this critical time, it’s imperative that you act as an advocate for your baby; you’ll be far…

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What Causes a Birth Injury?

Medical malpractice causes a birth injury in a number of cases where a newborn experiences serious trauma, and most parents are left in the dark.attorney Pat Regan explains what happened in a birth injury case he handled for a family. When parents are told at a hospital that their child suffered birth trauma, they should have a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice review the records. A birth injury is an injury that occurs to a child, either in the hours immediately before birth, or in the hours right after birth. And the child suffers injuries that will affect his or…

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Brain Damage/Cerebral Palsy Can Be Caused By Malpractice | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.” -Franz Peter Schubert The medical staff at the Mayo Clinic define “Cerebral palsy” (CP) is a general term for a group of disorders that appear during the first few years of life and affect a child’s ability to coordinate body movements. Cerebral palsy can cause muscles to be weak and floppy, or rigid and stiff. In the United States, cerebral palsy occurs in about two to four out of every 1,000 births. The disorder is usually caused by brain injuries, including lack of…

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Glaxo to Pay $1 Billion to Children with Birth Defects from Mothers who took Paxil | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Bloomberg News reported that GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. has agreed to pay $1 billion to injured consumers to resolve more than 800 cases involving the antidepressant Paxil. The medication has been in use in the U.S. since 1992. Paxil generated about $793 million in sales in 2009 alone which was about 1.8 percent of Glaxo’s total revenue. Glaxo reported U.S. sales exceeding $11 billion since 1997. Not all of the pending birth defect cases are resolved, according to the report, about 100 Paxil claims are not included in this settlement. Glaxo confirmed that it settled some Paxil cases citing the reason as avoiding…

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Is Patient Safety Really ACOG’s Priority? ACOG relaxes guidelines for VBAC | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued revised guidelines regarding when to offer a woman a vaginal birth when she had previously delivered a baby via cesarean section, aka VBAC.  Nationally, less than one in ten women undergo VBAC; the rest undergo an elective c-section for births after previously having a c-section. Trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) is the planned attempt of VBAC. While the revised guidelines require the physician to discuss each procedure’s risks and benefits with the patient, there are subtle changes in the wording of the guidelines that patients will not notice that could…

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Resources for Cerebral Palsy, Including Information in Spanish | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. A recent CDC study shows that the average prevalence of CP is 3.3 per 1,000 8-year-old children or 1 in 303 children.   Click here to listen to a podcast on Cerebral Palsy. What Are Some of the Signs of Cerebral Palsy? According to the CDC, “the signs of cerebral palsy vary greatly.  The main sign is a delay reaching the motor or movement milestones. Click here for a milestone checklist and here for the spanish version. A child over 2 months with cerebral…

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Revelations on Genetic Risks of IVF | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire For nearly thirty years, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has been consider relatively safe.  A recent report in the New York Times, however, reports that new epidemiological studies and scientific techniques have revealed findings that suggest that “there may be some abnormal patterns of gene expression associated with IVF and a possible increase in rare but devastating genetic disorders that appear to be directly linked to those unusual gene expression patterns.”  The report also states that, with IVF, there “appears to be an increased risk of premature birth and of babies with low birth weight for…

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