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Are C-section more dangerous for the baby?

Many women have to undergo a Caesarean section when they are in labor in Washington. Even though it is a major surgical procedure, doctors do it often enough that is has become routine. However, this does not mean it is without risks. Before you undergo a C-section, it is a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the risks it could pose for your baby.

Education may help to prevent premature labor

While there are undoubtedly times when women in Washington are completely unable to control the fact that they go into labor well before their due date, there are many things that can be done to actively prevent preterm labor. When women are educated about how they can facilitate a full-term and healthy pregnancy, they can provide their unborn infant with the best possible chance at enjoying a safe and comfortable pregnancy and delivery. 

Injury prevention during your pregnancy

You have recently found out that you are expecting a baby. Your excitement is growing as you recognize the exciting changes taking place in your body. Protecting your unborn child and preventing any injury from compromising his or her wellbeing is critical throughout pregnancy. At Elk & Elk, we have helped many families in Washington to learn about the dangers of birth injuries.

What is a nuchal cord?

Having a baby is a wonderful time, but it can also be scary if you are told something is wrong with your baby. A great fear for many mothers is that the cord will get wrapped around the baby's neck and cut off the oxygen supply. When the cord wraps completely around a baby's neck, it is referred to as a nuchal cord, according to Medical News Today.

What will happen if your baby is injured during delivery?

You and your spouse are expecting your first child and the anticipation and excitement of having a new baby is becoming more prevalent as your delivery day is fast approaching. You have found a doctor and hospital that you trust in Washington and all of your bags are packed and ready to go. However, there is always the lingering concern that something could happen to you or your baby during delivery. If your baby is injured, what will happen?

Can you reduce your risks of having a stillborn baby?

Whether you are considering starting the journey to have a child or have recently found out you are expecting, you have probably already begun to think about what adventures lie ahead. You may have discussed potential risks with your health care provider in Washington in relation to your pregnancy; conditions like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and stillbirth among others. Stillbirth in particular can sometimes happen unexpectedly, but when you are familiar with what you can do to reduce your risks, you may be able to more effectively lower your risks.

Infant nerve damage during labor and delivery

During labor and delivery at a Washington hospital, it is not unusual for an infant to sustain nerve damage. The U.S. National Library of Medicine explains that the nervous system controls how a person's body communicates with itself and with the world around it. Literally billions of cells make up this system that regulates the involuntary physical processes through the functions of the lungs, heart and other organs, as well as the voluntary actions such as movement of the muscles.

Newborn head and brain injuries

There are quite a few ways that your infant's head could be affected adversely during labor and delivery. Often, head injuries can be natural outcomes of childbirth and may not even require treatment. However, if some injuries are not recognized and treated quickly, what might have been a minor issue could lead to serious brain damage. At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we often advise mothers on the best legal approach for dealing with infant brain damage that could have been avoided.

Lack of oxygen and resuscitation of newborns

One of the dangers that infants face during labor and delivery is the lack of oxygen to the brain. Washington doctors should be able to recognize and eliminate or mitigate the risk factors to reduce the chances that the baby will suffer birth injuries that could be permanently debilitating or fatal. A person with training specific to resuscitation of infants should be available at every delivery.

What new parents should know about a brachial plexus injury

Any birth injury is scary, particularly if you are a new parent and you do not know how to help your child recover. At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we are aware of the legal and physical ramifications of a birth injury, and when parents may be able to seek compensation for the medical expenses that are sure to follow.

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