The thought of being dropped as a baby is typically reserved as fodder for jokes. Most in Providence County may understand how delicate newborns are. If that knowledge is held by the general public, then you would certainly think it resonates with healthcare providers. However, as difficult as it may be to believe, dropping babies is still a problem that occurs in hospitals today. In fact, information shared by the National Institutes of Health estimates that between 600 to 1,600 such accidents occur annually.
The clinical term used to define dropped baby cases is “newborn falls.” Researchers believe that it is one of the most underreported problems that occurs in hospitals. Many reported cases involve new mothers dropping their babies after having fallen asleep while nursing or family members having a baby slip out of their arms. If this has happened to you, you may feel embarrassed or scared and thus be weary of telling your providers what happened.
While that may be understandable, having a provider not report a dropped baby is unacceptable, particularly given the knowledge they have regarding the damage that such accidents may cause. Clinical research data shared by the Minnesota Hospital Association shows that falls from a height of a greater than three feet have a high probability of resulting in brain damage. Still, doctors and nurses likely understand that reporting a newborn fall case could result in liability claims, which may deter them from reporting such issues.
Cases of babies being dropped by doctors or nurses are more likely to occur in delivery rooms or in hallways as they’re being transported. Having a family member close by to observe such events may help you in understanding if injuries that surface in your newborn are indeed the result of falls or drops.