According to statistics, of every 1,000 births each year in the United States, 7 involve birth injuries. About 28,000 birth injuries occur each year, 2,333 each month and 538 each week in the US. This means that there are 76 birth injuries per day, or 3 per hour.
With the major advancements made in the medical field in recent decades, these are staggering numbers and it is a surprise that so many birth injuries still occur in the country.
Know Your Risk Factors
Any woman who has had a difficult pregnancy is often at a higher risk for difficulties during labor, which means that there should be competent and experienced medical professionals on hand to help in minimizing those risks. Some of the conditions that can lead to a high-risk pregnancy and increase the likelihood of a problematic labor include:
· Previous high-risk pregnancy
· High blood pressure
· Gestational diabetes/diabetes
· HIV infection
· Being close to menopause, or too young
· Being overweight or underweight
If you have these risk factors, it is important that you work closely with an experienced obstetrician before conceiving and during your pregnancy. This will help greatly in reducing the likelihood of complications during your pregnancy and difficulties during labor.
Other Tips to Avoid Birth Injuries
· Find a reliable OB/GYN: You should make sure that you have access to a qualified obstetrician before and during your pregnancy. It is crucial that you check out the qualifications and experience of an obstetrician and consider opting for a perinatologist, or maternal fetal medicine specialist if you have risk factors, like age, medical history or weight, that make you predisposed to a high risk pregnancy.
· Pre-register: Apart from following recommendations for a healthy pregnancy, you should also know what to look for and plan in the last trimester of your pregnancy. You should pre-register and consider the different options you have. When you pre-register with a hospital, you can meet with the team that will be present during delivery and understand the potential delivery risks, so that you can avoid having to make snap decisions in case of an emergency or crisis.
· Take proper notes: You should take notes about what goes on during your examinations as well as the names of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that you interact with. This will come in handy in case something goes wrong during delivery and your baby is born with a birth injury. Additionally, do not be afraid to ask questions if and when you have any concerns or queries – medical professionals use a lot of jargon that laypeople do not understand. Make sure that your doctor and nurses explain everything in a way you can understand.
Get Legal Expertise for Birth Injuries
If your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence during your pregnancy or delivery, you should seek the help of a profound and steady medical malpractice lawyer at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280 as soon as possible.
Make sure that you and your baby’s rights are protected and take necessary legal action to recover damages for your child’s injuries by filing a medical malpractice suit for birth injury against the negligent medical professional.
You can do this once you have a medical expert back up your claim. How do you find this person? Incredibly time consuming and irrational to do on your own because this is very complex and you have many other things to think about. Call RMFW Law today and let’s get this ball rolling in the right direction.
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