If you recall, last week's blog post was about the mother who won a settlement in a birth injury lawsuit. That post might have some of our Kentucky readers wondering if the injuries their baby suffered during birth would qualify for a settlement. The quick answer to that is that there is no way of knowing unless you have your case evaluated.
We have often discussed birth injuries and how they can have a devastating effect on the baby and the family members. That is often the driving force when people opt to seek compensation for those birth injuries. One mother who has been fighting for compensation for her son has reached a settlement with the hospital who is liable for the boy's injuries.
Envisioning a baby's birth usually brings happy thoughts. Even though the mother will go through pain from contractions, she is probably still looking forward to the birth of her little one. Unfortunately, not all women have the wonderful birth experience they envision. Our Kentucky readers might be interested to learn how shoulder dystocia, a rare condition, might affect some women's birth experience.
Over the past three weeks, we have discussed three serious birth injuries that can have a long-lasting impact on a baby. Those three birth injuries were meconium aspiration syndrome, fetal distress and acardiac twin syndrome. While these conditions don't automatically mean harm to a baby, without proper medical management, they can be devastating. When they aren't managed properly, parents might find themselves on an uphill battle fighting for their child.
A perfect, peaceful birth is the dream of most women, but that isn't the reality for all women. Some women find that their birth experience is complicated and difficult. For some women, the presence of meconium in the amniotic fluid is one event that might lead to stress. When that happens, meconium aspiration syndrome might affect the baby. In some cases, this can be considered a birth injury, especially when the presence of meconium in the amniotic fluid wasn't handled according to the acceptable methods of treatment for Kentucky doctors.
For pregnant Kentucky women who have had a Caesarean section, the desire to have a vaginal birth is sometimes present. When those women want to try to a vaginal birth after a C-section, they can sometimes have that experience. It is important for these women to know that a VBAC doesn't come without risks, but the doctor overseeing the case should make sure that the risks aren't so great that the woman or baby will suffer injury.
Kentucky military members may want to look at their health care options when they or their significant others become pregnant. Even though military hospitals assist in the labor and delivery of at least 50,000 babies every year, these babies face double the risk of suffering from a birth injury when compared to civilian hospitals.
When a baby is born with a birth injury, the entire family, including older siblings, can be affected by the diagnosis. For some families, the effects of the birth injuries aren't really anything more than a challenge to overcome. For one family, a diagnosis of periventricular leukomalacia has brought the family together. Kentucky residents might like to read about how a devastating diagnosis turned into a heartwarming story.
Kentucky doctors might be looking closely at research showing a link between induced labor and autism. As in cases of birth injury, later developmental difficulties like autism may be ascribed to malpractice if doctors make the decision to induce. The study examined the North Carolina Detailed Birth Record and Education Research databases, finding 5,500 cases of autism spectrum disorder out of about 625,000 live births.