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Pros and cons of operative vaginal delivery

Massachusetts mothers who are planning to have a natural birth should be aware of the options that are available if assistance is needed. Forceps and vacuum extraction are two of the most common tools obstetricians may use to expedite vaginal delivery, and there are risks associated with both.

Risk factors for uterine rupture

A straightforward pregnancy is every Massachusetts mother’s hope, but complications such as uterine ruptures can arise quickly, be difficult to diagnose and have catastrophic consequences. Although uterine ruptures are rare, physicians must respond rapidly when one does occur to minimize the possibility of severe injury or death for both mother and child.

Risks and warning signs of placental abruption

The perinatal period can be an exciting time for expecting Massachusetts parents who are getting ready to welcome a new member of the family. This time period is also when mothers are at the highest risk for placental abruptions, a rare but serious pregnancy complication that can have devastating outcomes if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly.

Limits of viability: An ethical gray area

Despite the advancement of medical technology, research has shown that premature birth rates are increasing. Massachusetts parents of premature infants may face heartrending decisions in the hospital and long-term struggles to ensure the wellbeing of these children. The complications surrounding a preterm birth are only worsened by medical errors.

Boy and mother awarded damages for cerebral palsy

While every state has its own set of laws that govern medical malpractice, it can be very interesting for residents in one state to see and learn what happens in others. Massachusetts residents concerned about birth injuries may be particularly interested in a recent jury award made to a mother and her son in Illinois.

Jaundice and kernicterus in newborns

New parents in Massachusetts should be able to celebrate the first days of life with their babies and look forward to a lifetime of joy and memories. However, the reality is that problems can be experienced in the first moments and days of life. When these issues are not properly handled by doctors or other medical providers, the results may be dangerous. Newborn jaundice is one condition that parents and health care providers alike should take seriously.

What is Erb’s palsy?

As an expectant or new parent in Massachusetts, you should be educated about some of the potential birth injuries that may occur during labor and delivery. Some injuries may not be visibly obvious immediately so your watchful eye at the time and after you are home with your baby is important. This can give you the best opportunity for taking action and seeking help as soon as a problem is suspected. One injury to learn about is called Erb’s palsy.

Forced C-sections may leave women feeling helpless

If you are expecting a child in Massachusetts, you may or may not already know whether you will have a cesarean section. The C-section rate in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is high when compared to other countries. Medical professionals advise that a nation’s C-section rate should not exceed 10 to 15 percent, but 32.8 percent of mothers in the United States underwent these potentially risky surgeries in 2012. At Donovan & O'Connor, LLP, we believe you have the right to be informed about the possible risks of any procedure and that you should be allowed to consent to a procedure instead of having it forced on you.

Mother injured as a result of obstetrical violence

There is a term that has been getting attention lately in the medical and legal fields, although for most residents of Massachusetts and elsewhere, it’s still an unfamiliar term. “Obstetrical violence” is what some use to describe incidents of bullying or intimidation, forced C-sections or episiotomies or other unpleasant or traumatizing actions committed against mothers by medical staff in the labor room. Some of these actions may lead to the mother or infant sustaining birth injuries.

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