In Iowa and across the U.S., the number of birth injuries is steadily declining year after year, and infant mortality rates are going down as well. At the same time, the number of birth injury lawsuits is growing, and the settlements that result are reaching previously unthinkable figures.
A recent study found that some pregnant women with the flu give birth to babies suffering from a variety of problems.
Expectant mothers in Iowa should be aware of the various birth injuries that might be incurred, such as shoulder dystocia. This occurs during a vaginal delivery when the baby's shoulders become stuck in the mother's body (dystocia means difficult or slow labor or birth). Health care providers usually cannot predict this condition, but there are several factors that heighten the risk for it.
A brain injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can experience. One of these injuries is known as a hypoxic brain injury, or brain hypoxia.
Cerebral palsy is a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the brain is developing - before, during or after birth. Most soon-to-be parents do not expect their baby to be born with cerebral palsy -- a paralyzing condition that can result in a lifetime of disabilities for a baby. However, virtually any parent could have a baby with this condition and there are certain risk factors for which doctors will maintain a watchful eye.
People in Iowa who are expecting a child may wish to be aware of the chances of injury to babies caused by mechanical forces, including traction and compression. While such injuries are relatively rare, happening t only 6-8 infants for every 1,000 live births, injuries do still happen and can result in significant health issues to a child as they get older.