Sometimes, women in Rhode Island, and throughout the U.S., may require assistance giving birth. When this happens, physicians use special tools in order to help guide the baby out of the birth canal. Among these tools are forceps, which look similar to two large spoons. While forceps can be helpful tools in these cases, their use may pose serious risks.
At DeLuca and Weizenbaum, we have seen firsthand how devastating it can be when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When these disorders can be traced to medical errors committed by Rhode Island health care providers, we help families hold these negligent providers accountable. In such cases, it is important to determine what type of underlying brain injury led a child to develop cerebral palsy.
Parents in Providence and all over the world no doubt feel that even though challenges are inherent with raising the children, the joy and love that their children bring to their lives makes enduring such challenges well worth it. Yet that’s not to say that those feelings make dealing with parental struggles any easier. Children will often demand the utmost from their parents’ emotional, physical, and financial resources. With handicapped children, that demand is often lifelong. What’s unfortunate is that many handicaps are often preventable.
Whereas childbirth once presented a number of complications that could have been disastrous to both mothers and babies in Providence, advances in obstetrics in recent years have helped to significantly lower the chances for such problems. Yet while the methods used to diagnose and treat these issues have improved dramatically, many complications in the delivery process cannot be prevented entirely. Placental abruption is one of these problems, and an early diagnosis of this condition is essential in saving the lives of those unborn babies affected by it.
Most in Providence would probably assume that cases involving a birth injury would be limited to actions or inactions that occurred during the actual birthing process. Yet many view the probability of a successful delivery as having a direct correlation to the quality of prenatal care that an expectant mother received from her obstetrician. If a woman felt as her doctor was guilty of errors, misjudgments, or simple negligence during the prenatal period, she may draw the conclusion that such issues contributed to circumstances which endangered the health and safety of both she and her baby during delivery.
Thanks to advances in the field of obstetrics, many of the birth injuries that were common as recently as even 10 years ago can now be avoided in childbirth cases here in Providence and throughout the rest of the country. Unfortunately, no amount of medical improvements can completely eliminate human error from the birthing process. Even the slightest misstep by a doctor, nurse, or other clinician during birth can have disastrous results on a newborn baby. One such result is a brachial plexus injury, which can result in a condition commonly known as Erb’s palsy.
According to the health information website www.RightDiagnosis.com, every year there are about 28,000 childbirth injury cases in the United States. These occur despite all of the recent advances in medical and, specifically, obstetrical science. Birth injuries can often end up taking a dramatic toll on a child’s life, particularly because they are often so hard to diagnose early on.
Most would assume that injuries that occur during childbirth are more likely to affect the baby. While that remains true in a number of cases, it should also be remembered that the mother goes through quite a bit of stress, as well. Procedures performed to assist with delivery can take their toll on a woman. Most women would likely agree to anything that would help ensure a safer delivery. However, that assumption should never be made by clinical staff. The woman or her representatives should still be involved in any decision making before a procedure is performed.
Childbirth has become so apparently routine in recent years that when issues do occur, expectant parents in Providence want to know why. Due to the frail nature of the babies being delivered, any complications that they experience can easily result in them being left with debilitating injuries which can lead to lifelong developmental complications or, in more extreme cases, death. Those left to deal with the aftermath of such birth injuries often view these incidents not as complications, but errors caused by doctor negligence.
Four years after the birth of their daughter, a family has settled a lawsuit that claimed a delayed C-section at the hospital resulted in their child suffering a brain injury. Anyone in Rhode Island or elsewhere can really sympathize with this family after reading this story. It begins in January of 2007 when the mother was scheduled to have a C-section, just like she had in her prior births. At 39 weeks into her pregnancy she went to the hospital where she was placed on an external fetal heart monitor by medical staff.