Sadly, birth defects are sometimes unavoidable, even when Massachusetts moms do everything they can for a healthy pregnancy. Birth injuries, on the other hand, quite frequently are preventable, and there's little worse than knowing a perfectly healthy baby was injured during birth due to a doctor's careless mistake. A recent lawsuit in another state alleged just such medical malpractice.
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most joyous occasions in many new Massachusetts parents' lives. Alarmingly, a growing concern around the country is the high incidence of serious injury to expectant mothers during labor and delivery. Of course, the number one concern of most parents is that their infant is not injured during birth, but prioritizing the health of the mother should not be far behind on the list of concerns for attendant health care providers.
Babies are at their most vulnerable as newborns, which is why expectant parents rely on the care of highly trained doctors and obstetricians during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Newborns have their whole lives ahead of them, and when something goes wrong, it can have a permanent detrimental effect on their future. It's no wonder, then, that Massachusetts parents become so protective and upset in cases involving physician negligence during birth; a careless mistake or thoughtless oversight can have devastating lifelong consequences for children.
For many in Massachusetts, becoming a parent is likely the happiest day of their lives, especially for any who struggle with fertility. It's all the more upsetting to imagine, then, going through the time, emotional investment and financial costs for treatments at a fertility clinic, only to have your beloved child suffer from birth injuries due to a doctor's negligence. Yet just such an incident has apparently occurred in another state, where two couples have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after their infants were born with genetic abnormalities.
Thankfully, most births in Massachusetts go off without a hitch. Mothers go through labor and delivery and are handed a healthy infant. Even when complications occur, the resultant birth injuries vary greatly in type and severity. Unfortunately, sometimes things are not as simple, and a doctor's error or negligence one day can lead to a lifetime of health problems for the injured children and their families.
For many Massachusetts parents, the birth of their child is the happiest day of their lives. Sadly, this is not always the case, as sometimes the error or negligence of a health care professional during the birthing process results in a lifelong struggle for care when a child suffers birth trauma. In another state, a settlement was recently reached in a lawsuit involving such alleged traumatic birth injuries.
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.
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.
The last weeks of pregnancy are essential for infants’ health and development, and premature birth can have serious consequences. Expecting Massachusetts parents should be aware of the risk factors for preterm birth.
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.