Question: When does birth injury occur?
Answer: Before, during or after childbirth. While normal complications may emerge during childbirth, it is up to the healthcare provider (obstetrician, family practitioner, anesthesiologist, midwife, or nurse) to respond to complications that may arise.
Birth Injuries occur an average of 7 per 1000 live births.
Types of birthInjuries
Intracranial hemorrhage ( brain bleeds)
Facial nerve palsy
Clavical fracture (collar bone fracture)
Leg and arm fracture
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Brachial plexus palsy
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Risk Factors that Lead to Increased Birth Complications
Large-for-date infants (Macrosamia), especially infants who weigh more than 4500 g
Instrumental deliveries, including forceps (midcavity) or vacuum
Abnormal Delivery Positions including vaginal breech delivery
Abnormal or excessive traction during delivery
Use of epidural anesthesia
Use of a medication to cause labor and stronger contractions
Did your medical practitioner fail you and your baby during birth?
Types of errors include:
Failure to anticipate birthcomplications with a larger baby
Failure to anticipate maternal health complications
Failure to respond appropriately to bleeding
Failing to respond to umbilical cord compression or entrapment
Failure to respond to fetal distress
Misuse of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery
Inappropriate administration of birthinduction drugs
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