Common Birth Injuries

When you’re having a baby, you want your new arrival to be perfectly happy and healthy. But there is a wide range of potential injuries that can arise during delivery. A birth injury can happen before, during, and after delivery and may be caused by a doctor’s error or other factors. Some of these injuries can heal with time and proper medical care. Other injuries can lead to lifelong disabilities that require years of therapy and intensive medical treatment. Read more

Risk Factors for Erb’s Palsy

  Erb’s palsy is an injury that affects the nerves of an infant’s upper arm. One of the most common causes of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia, which can happen during a difficult delivery. Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s head is delivered, but the shoulders remain stuck inside the mother’s body. An infant’s neck can be stretched to one side, causing temporary or permanent nerve damage. Erb’s palsy can also occur without shoulder dystocia. Read more

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Preeclampsia Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate about, and bring awareness to, this dangerous pregnancy condition Preeclampsia affects up to 8% of pregnancies and is responsible for 15% of maternal deaths worldwide. Preeclampsia is a severe condition that can have serious consequences for a mother and a baby but can be effectively managed with proper monitoring and medical care. What is Preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a disorder that involves high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Severe cases of preeclampsia can lead to serious complications and even death. Read more

Handling the Emotional Impact of a Birth Injury

  Being a parent is stressful even under the best of circumstances, but caring for a child with the complex physical and developmental disabilities that arise from a birth injury can lead to a different degree of pressure. Taking care of a child with a birth injury is a full-time job. Many parents are so focused on the needs of their children that they pay less attention to the effects of a birth injury on their own emotional and mental health. There are resources available to help cope with the emotional impact of caring for a Read more