Birth injuries can take a number of forms, two of the better known ones being cerebral palsy and Erbs palsy. There is another type of condition that can lead to birth injury that may be less familiar to parents-to-be, but which can still lead to serious consequences if not properly diagnosed, preeclampsia.
The risk to our health from injury is never more serious than when we are at our most fragile. We see warnings at amusement parks advising pregnant women to avoid certain roller-coasters, and obstetricians will advise expecting mothers to avoid specific activities or adjust their behavior for the betterment of their own health as well as the infant child they are carrying.
"The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan. That same American baby is about twice as likely to die in her first year as a Spanish or Korean one.
A South Carolina woman recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a maternity center. In it, she is alleges that actions of individuals employed by the facility resulted in the death of her baby, after it became necessary during the attempted delivery to transfer the woman to a hospital, where the newborn died after the performance of a cesarean section.
South Carolina parents may be interested to learn of a news story about an Oregon hospital being sued for medical malpractice. According to the report, a family is suing the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland in connection with the birth procedure of their son performed Sept. 21.
Last month, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could affect an untold number of Americans. The case before the court centers on a girl who is deaf, blind, mute and cannot walk, crawl or even sit without assistance. When the girl was being delivered, she became the victim of medical malpractice which resulted in her current physical state. She and her parents were subsequently awarded $2.8 million in a malpractice settlement.