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.
For decades, the process that couples in Providence County went through when having a baby likely remained the same: Head to the hospital, deliver the baby, and return home a few days later. Recent years, however, have seen the rise of alternative birthing methods aimed at limiting the number of medical interventions needed during childbirth. Many try these new concepts believing that more natural delivery methods are better for both mother and baby.
Like most expectant parents in Providence County, you hope that your unborn baby grows and develops at a healthy rate. Some may think that the larger that a baby grows during gestation, the better. However, as we here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD have seen, large baby deliveries can often be complicated. Macrosomia is the term used to describe babies who are large for their gestational age. Your potential for having an LGA baby can often be spotted during your pregnancy in time for you to attempt to manage the factors that can contribute to this condition.
New parents in Providence County may inherit a whole new set of responsibilities when their babies arrive. Meeting those responsibilities for a brand new healthy baby can strain a couples’ physical and emotional resources. Plus, there are plenty of new expenses that accompany a newborn, as well. Imagine how much greater the emotional stress and financial strain may be if, along with assuming all of the traditional responsibilities of parenthood, a couple were also forced to deal with the aftermath of a debilitating birth injury to their baby.
Most in Providence County would likely agree that obstetrical and gynecological science has come quite a ways from the days when the delivery process often presented life-threatening complications to both mothers and babies. That may largely be due to the many tools that doctors now have to assist women with delivery. However, in many cases, the very tools that doctors use to try and avoid complications can end up being the avenues through which harm is caused.
One of the more common problems to result from complications during delivery is oxygen deprivation. During the time a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen, extensive and irreversible brain may occur. Often, the babies that suffer such damage may end up developing cerebral palsy, a condition characterized by motor and cognitive deficiencies that remain with them throughout their lives. According to information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 10 percent of cerebral palsy cases in America are due to brain damage suffered at birth. Those Providence County families whose infants are stricken with this condition may face a future in which their physical and emotional resources may be strained as they work to care for these children. Beyond that, they could also be left to deal with inordinate financial expenses.
The increase in cesareans performed in Providence County and throughout the rest of the country has also come a rise in the number of women requesting elective C-sections. According to information shared by the National Center for Health Statistics through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 32 percent of all live births in America are performed via C-section. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that as many as 2.5 percent of those are requested in cases where there are no mandated maternal or fetal indications.
When asked to envision the birthing process, most in Providence County would likely picture a woman either in a supine or partial sitting position with her legs or knees elevated. Indeed, information shared by the website EvidenceBasedBirth.com shows variations of this position to be the preferred delivery position in over 92 percent of deliveries in the U.S. However, some studies seem to suggest that delivering a baby in this position may actually increase the risk of an adverse event.
Despite the assumption that many in Providence County may have that delivering a baby has become a risk-free medical procedure, experience has taught us here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum that is often not the case. If you experienced complications during childbirth, then you are well aware that even the slightest delay in addressing an issue with your baby can produce catastrophic results. One such issue that babies may experience during birth is oxygen deprivation. If not immediately remedied, a lack of oxygen can result in serious brain damage or even death.
Whether you are pregnant with your first, second or fifth baby, you should be able to enjoy the nine months of your pregnancy with joy and anticipation. Like other expectant parents in Rhode Island, it is also important for you to be aware of some of the complications that may develop during a pregnancy in order to keep you and your baby safe.