Many women today deliver babies by cesarean section. The operation, when performed timely and correctly, can save the lives of mothers and babies who at one time in history would likely not have survived a complicated delivery process.
Health care providers have a significant responsibility when they are caring for a pregnant mother. They don't just have to monitor her condition, they have to watch out for the health of the baby as well. The slightest negligence on the part of a doctor or nurse in this context can easily lead to any number of birth injuries.
Cerebral palsy, as we've been discussing in recent weeks, is a condition that can result from a doctor's negligence during delivery. However, cerebral palsy is just one of a number of birth injuries that can develop from the same root cause. Let's take a closer look at that cause this week.
Last week on our Ann Arbor medical malpractice law blog, we discussed the topic of cerebral palsy. This week, let's look a little more closely at the diagnosis itself. Because the condition may or may not be a result of birth injuries, it's important that parents have professional guidance during this stage.
Families that are expecting a child are often excited to welcome the newborn into their family. Lots of preparations occur prior to birth, including readying the house and receiving prenatal medical care. Yet, even with all of this preparation, the ultimate outcome of the birth is still dependent upon what happens in the delivery room. A medical professional's seemingly minor mistake can cause significant harm to the newborn and/or the mother.
Accidents could cause various injuries to the head. Brain injury, also known as traumatic brain injury, may be defined as any injury caused to the head or brain due to a hit, jolt or bolt. It does not, however, include congenital brain defects or injuries. Many brain injury victims have reportedly got their injuries in car accidents and sport accidents. Severe falls and other factors may also cause brain injuries.
According to a recent study published in the medical Journal Neuron, the part of the brain called the cerebellum may hold a key to understanding the development of autism spectrum disorder. One of the primary roles of the cerebellum is to coordinate motor functioning, but the cerebellum may actually have a more important role in developing brain function than was previously though.
According to a recent report by Consumer Reports, cesarean section deliveries are too common in many hospitals across the country. This has caused concern among patient advocates, who say that doctors may be performing more C-sections not out of necessity, but because of other factors.