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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.

Vacuum extraction risk factors and infant head injuries

During a difficult labor, a health care provider may determine that the baby is at risk if it cannot be delivered quickly. In such cases, one of the options that may be presented is vacuum extraction. A mother who opts for vacuum extraction at a Washington hospital should be aware that it is not a procedure without risks, although the primary alternative is typically a Cesarean section, a surgery that comes with its own set of risks.

What every parent should know about birth injuries

Every day, hundreds of Washington parents rely on the expertise and professional care of qualified doctors to safely facilitate the labor and delivery process. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes are made or conditions are not ideal, and an infant may experience trauma and injury at birth. Parents who have a basic knowledge about what constitutes a birth injury may be able to better protect themselves and their children from long-term pain and unnecessary trauma.

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