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Causes of stillbirth

Although the majority of pregnancies in Washington result in a live birth, some women may worry that complications will arise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 percent of pregnancies in the United States each year do result in a stillbirth. Although prenatal care has reduced the risk of a stillbirth after 28 weeks, the rate of those that occur between 20 and 27 weeks of pregnancy has remained the same.

Lowering your risk of preterm labor

When a woman is pregnant in Washington, everyone hopes she will carry the baby for the full 40 weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes, though, situations occur when a baby is born premature or too early. It is well-known in the medical community that preterm labor is to be avoided at all costs because babies are not equipped to live in the outside world during the earlier weeks of pregnancy.

What you need to know about the use of forceps during delivery

Doctors in Washington have to be prepared for every eventuality in the delivery room, and you should be able to trust that yours will make the right decision if something out of the ordinary arises. One of the tools that may be needed during delivery is the forceps, and when used correctly and in the right circumstances, it can prevent serious medical issues. At Elk & Elk, we understand that medical devices such as these have the potential for harm, as well as benefit.

Finding ways to cope when your baby is born premature

Whether you are welcoming your first child or your third, witnessing the birth of your baby is often filled with many emotions. If your baby has been born prematurely and is being cared for in the NICU, you may experience exceptionally intense feelings and concerns. At Elk & Elk, we have assisted many Washington parents as they cope with complications related to the birth of a child.

What you should know about birth injuries

The anticipation of the birth of your new child should be exciting and full of learning and adventure. However, these feelings can be instantaneously replaced with fear and anxiety if your child is the victim of a birth injury at the hands of your health care provider in Washington. At Elk & Elk Co,, Ltd., we are familiar with the complications that can sometimes arise during childbirth.

Taking control of your birthing experience

Whether you are delivering your first child or preparing to give birth to your third or fourth child, chances are you have felt some feelings of apprehension. As with many Washington parents, the health and safety of you and your infant is heavily reliant on the knowledge, education and professionalism of your health care provider. At Elk & Elk, we are familiar with the complications that sometimes accompany birth.

Understanding placental abruption

A mother suffering from a placental abruption in Washington requires medical attention right away. It is an emergency situation that needs immediate and quick care. Baby Center defines placental abruption as the detachment of the placenta from the uterus. The placenta is how the baby is nourished in the womb, so any disruption in it can lead to nourishment issues in the baby. For the mother, detachment can lead to bleeding and physical discomfort.

What causes brain injuries at birth?

A newborn baby is a great joy, but when something goes wrong during the delivery, it can be devastating. You may wonder how infants suffer from brain injuries during birth in Washington. While these problems are actually quite rare, they can still happen, so here is a look at some causes of brain injuries in newborns.

What is Erb’s palsy?

If your baby shows signs of weakness in one arm after birth, he or she may be suffering from Erb’s palsy. This is a birth injury that may occur most often in difficult deliveries in Washington. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Erb’s palsy most often happens when the neck of the infant is stretched too far to the side.

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