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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