Shoulder Dystocia: Preventing Delivery Room Negligence

Shoulder dystocia is a complication that occurs during vaginal delivery. It happens when the baby’s head has been delivered, but the anterior shoulder is now stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. This makes it difficult for the baby to naturally proceed out of the birthing canal without some help from the obstetrician. Approximately 20% of babies that have shoulder dystocia at birth will suffer some sort of birth injury. This birth injury can be either temporary or permanent. The most common birth injuries that occur are damage to the brachial plexus nerves, as well as injuries including breaks of clavicles, humerus bones, and other … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Present Parents and Children with Obstacles

Birth defects, such as cleft lip, present many different obstacles for young children and their parents. Depending on the severity of the cleft, your child may have a wide range issues. Along with breathing, eating, and dental problems, communication is often affected. Communication is a vital part of daily living and when affected can cause frustration and distress for the individual. If your child has a cleft lip he or she should be seeing a speech language pathologist. Babies Should Meet with Speech Professionals This trained professional is a source of assistance and alternatives to every day needs. For instance, if your child has a … [Read more...]

Cleft Lip Birth Defects and Breastfeeding; What Mothers Should Know

Breastfeeding is the most common form of feeding a newborn baby. Breastfeeding provides a bond between a mother and newborn baby that cannot be formed with any other person. Many women choose this method of feeding in order to strengthen the relationship between her and her baby. If the newborn baby has a cleft lip birth defect, a mother may experience some difficulty in using breastfeeding as the only approach to nourishing her child. As such, there are several important suggestions to keep in mind when breastfeeding your baby. Babies with Cleft Lip May Face Trouble A newborn baby with a cleft lip will have trouble sealing the lips and … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Lawyers Win Large verdict for Delivery Room Negligence

A $2.3 million dollar verdict for a birth injury case was awarded to a Virginia attorney and his client. In 2006, the negligence of a midwife hired by a woman’s obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) caused permanent nerve damage to her baby boy’s arm. The attorney for the boy showed that the negligence that occurred during delivery occurred during the birth due to shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind a mother’s pubic bone. In order to avoid injury, certain changes must be made during delivery. Birth injuries arising from the improper delivery of a baby with shoulder dystocia can be permanent. In … [Read more...]

Birth Defects: Benefits of Bottle Feeding

Because of the tediousness and patience required for breastfeeding for all mothers, not just those whose baby has a cleft lip, many mothers choose alternative means of feeding, such as bottle feeding. If your baby has a birth defects, such as cleft lip or cleft palate, he or she has structural abnormalities that may inhibit his or her feeding abilities. For instance, your child may have difficulty sucking on the bottle, and therefore trouble receiving the milk from the bottle. There are several bottles on the market that are aimed specifically towards children with a cleft lip. These bottles have a soft top, making it more accessible to your … [Read more...]

Cleft Lip: The Importance of Feeding Habits

As with any newborn, feeding habits are extremely important to keep your baby healthy. Diets must contain nutritional value and more importantly, feeding routines need to be safe and dependable. Depending on the feeding style you select, your newborn baby with a cleft lip may have significant challenges. For instance, mothers who choose to breastfeed will have considerable difficulty for a newborn with a cleft lip. The structure of the lip alters the baby’s ability to partake in suckling and sucking, both of which occur in early stages (from 6 months of gestation until 8 months after birth). These difficulties must be noted in order to … [Read more...]