The coming of a baby is one of the happiest moments in the life of a parent. When the expected date of delivery of the mother arrives, loved ones are praying and hoping for a safe delivery. Occasionally, however, somewhere along the delivery process, something could go wrong and the baby could suffer birth injuries. The website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC reveals that when the baby is injured, long term treatment may be necessary. Here are some things you ought to know during delivery:
- Many newborn baby suffer minor injuries during birth
- In some instances, nerves can be damaged or bones broken
- Birth injuries heal by themselves even without treatment
There are various factors that can cause birth injuries in the child. Aside from the size of the baby and their position, other risk factors that could lead to birth injuries include:
- Large babies. If the weight of the baby is more than 4,000 grams (8 pounds, 13 ounces)
- Prematurity. Babies born prior to their 37th week are more likely to get birth injuries due to their fragile bodies.
- Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD). This condition happens when the size and shape of the pelvis is not sufficient for the baby to be delivered through the vagina.
- This refers to difficult labor or childbirth
- Prolonged labor
- Breech Delivery. The baby is delivered in an abnormal position. For example, buttocks first.
- Instrumental Delivery. The baby was delivered using various instruments such as mid-cavity forceps or ventouse delivery for deep transverse arrest
Other risk factors may include:
- Short labor which could mean precipitate delivery of a prematured baby
- This happens when there is not enough amniotic fluid was produced
- Congenital abnormalities especially when the child has an enlarged head
The good news is that the incidence of birth injuries is much lower now than in previous years due to improved prenatal assessment using ultrasonography.