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Infant delivery trauma and the medical team's response

Fortunately, most babies are born injury-free and go on to be happy and healthy children. However, sometimes the worst fears of expectant parents come true and their infant experiences delivery trauma during birth. While no one wants to consider the possibility of delivery trauma, knowing what to do if it occurs can help parents whose newborns have suffered injuries.

Many factors can lead to delivery trauma. We have listed a few of these factors below.

  • Large babies with a birthweight exceeding eight pounds
  • Premature babies that are born at 37 weeks or less
  • Inadequate shape and size of the mother's pelvis
  • Difficult labor and delivery, also known as dystocia
  • Labor that lasts for a long time
  • Atypical birthing presentation such as buttocks first or breech position

Many of the factors discussed here may be completely unavoidable. However, it is how the doctor in charge of labor and delivery responds to these conditions that can make all the difference in the health of your newborn.

Obstetricians receive specialized training in how to respond to potential delivery trauma. When the doctor fails to do so, it is often a form of negligence, and parents can pursue a legal solution. Other members of the birthing team, such as nurses and anesthesiologists, may also be responsible for birth trauma if they fail to perform their duties in accordance with standard care practices.

We hope you never experience birth injuries or infant trauma, but if you do and your baby is injured, you need to know your legal options. Taking action through the legal system can provide you with enough compensation to ensure your child gets the treatment necessary to live as happy and healthy a life as possible. We encourage you to learn about delivery trauma and birth injuries. Continue exploring our site and our blog for additional information.

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