Prevent Brain Damage in Newborns with Jaundice with Three Changes

For a condition that is so easily treatable, the fact that neonatal jaundice continues to cause brain damage in newborn infants is quite abominable – and we are not talking about some third world country with limited healthcare infrastructure. Babies in North America and the United Kingdom continue to suffer catastrophic consequences because doctors failed […]

5 Ways Hospitals Can Make Childbirth Safer

Preventable in-hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. An estimated 250,000 lives are claimed each year by medical errors which cost the nation $1 trillion in added healthcare costs. The statistics are chilling, no doubt. Would we tolerate two 747’s crashing every day? Or […]

Microcephaly Birth Injuries

Microcephaly is loosely defined as an abnormally small head, oftentimes associated with incomplete development of the brain.  Sometimes the cause is known and sometimes it is not. This serious medical condition is being thrust into the spotlight after recent reports from Brazil that a virus, perhaps present in the drinking water, may be responsible for […]

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

There are many causes of cerebral palsy—some of which are preventable, and some which are not.  In general, it is the result of a problem in the brain—either an injury or a malformation of some kind. There are four types of brain injury that may result cerebral palsy: Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) Periventricular Leukomalacia is a […]

Anticipating Defenses to Brachial Plexus Injuries

Shoulder Dystocia and Brachial Plexus Shoulder dystocia is an uncommon but expected occurrence, occurring in about one percent of all births. Essentially, it describes what happens when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during labor. In most cases, a baby getting stuck is not the cause of medical malpractice—it is simply […]

Genetic Causes of Cerebral Palsy

It is commonly known in the medical community that cerebral palsy can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain at birth. For many reasons, cerebral palsy lawsuits have been the target of doctors’ groups and insurance companies who wish to limit their responsibility. Key among those reasons are the verdicts and settlements […]

PRETERM BIRTH RATE DECREASES

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is, among other things, a clearinghouse for federally-kept statistics on medical issues. A recent report, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015, comments on a number of insightful trends, including a decrease in preterm births. This year’s report deals with statistics from 2013. What is Preterm Birth, and […]