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Birth Injuries in the United States

Steve Wagner

At a time of year when many people are recovering from the celebrations of the holidays, many families are potentially recovering from an injury incurred during the birth of a child. In a rush to prepare for the holidays, care providers may possibly suggest labor inductions. These inductions can be largely unnecessary, not required for any medical reason, other than the convenience of scheduling around the holidays.

In fact, a majority of inductions performed in hospitals are not based on medical necessity, but rather, are done out of convenience for the mother or the care provider. The same is true of cesarean sections; although the long-term effects of this surgery can often be more damaging than an induction itself, it is also true that a medical induction will raise the chances of needing a cesarean by 50% in first time mothers. Inductions are never a suggestion to be taken lightly, and mothers should weigh all the risks before determining to go this route for the delivery of their child.

When birth is handled in an overly medical fashion, and when care providers are reckless enough to put schedules ahead of the needs of mothers and children, injuries occur.

The best thing you can do for your baby is to give birth in the most natural way possible. If medical attention is required, know your rights as a laboring mother, and know what to watch out for when it comes to injuries you or your baby might sustain at the hands of the medical staff and doctors.

There are a host of injuries that can occur during birth, some which can be permanent if they don’t receive the proper attention and care. Signs to watch out for if you suspect an injury following the birth of your child:

  • A child that requires resuscitation
  • A child that requires NICU care
  • A child that developed severe bruising or suffered any type of organ failure
  • A child that suffered seizures

Did you receive the proper medical care during your delivery? Were you given informed consent about every procedure performed on your or your child? Were you aware of everything being done, and did you agree to the wishes of the doctor and the medical staff without feeling pressured or bullied?

Did the doctor or medical staff correctly administer medication, including pitocin? Were they able to anticipate birth complications? Were they the cause of any complications you faced, as a result of their unnecessary interventions?

If you or your child have suffered an injury during a traumatic birth experience, as the result of a mistake on behalf of medical staff or a doctor, give the birth injury lawyers at Wagner Reese a call today and schedule your free consultation.


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