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A grieving mother, whose newborn baby died following a string of hospital blunders, is joining other in the call to the NHS to learn from past mistakes and improve hospital delivery room operations.

The 34-year-old mother is suing the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough Common, Orpington, after she was left in a triage room for more than three hours, even though she was presenting obvious signs of active labor.

This mother shared the tragic story that ended in the stillbirth of her young son to promote National Birth Trauma Awareness Week which ended Sunday, April 10.

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One young boy dreams of kicking a football one day. Had it not been for a hospital blunder, however, at the then North Staffordshire Hospital during his birth in April 1998, his ambitions would have probably been set much higher.

On the day his mother was brought to the hospital, she expected nothing but a straightforward labor and delivery. She had suffered no complications when she gave birth to the boy’s sister. Everyone expected the second birth to be just as smooth, claims a nurse.

However, the hairdresser mother experienced high blood pressure. This is the death knoll on a pregnancy, though; it is a fairly common complication. Many women have high blood pressure and it doesn’t lead to complications. After all, think about what the body is going through during a pregnancy. A heart is pumping blood for two individuals and the lungs are breathing for two and the stomach is eating for two.

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Birth injuries happen for a variety of reasons, and one of those reasons is the improper use of forceps during the delivery process.

Forceps are a metal tool routinely used during childbirth to ease the passage of the baby through the birth canal. Used correctly, forceps can assist in delivering infants who have been improperly positioned, thus reducing the risk of oxygen deprivation.

However, some want the public to be aware that when forceps are used improperly, cerebral palsy and other birth injuries may result.

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London’s High Court responded to hearing how a grown woman has needed constant care since her delivery in 1972. They responded with a series of lifelong payments awarded to the victim.

In this case, West Midlands Strategic Health Authority admitted to negligence and greatly regretted the incident.

The adult woman lives with her parents and will finally receive some type of medical assistance payments for the duration of her life. When she was still a toddler in the 70s, she was diagnosed with brain damage as a result of a prolonged delivery. Because of the time lapse since her delivery, certain details about the birth injury are not available.

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A birth injury is an injury that takes place during the birthing process, and, due to the stress of labor, is not an uncommon complication. Many newborn babies have injuries at birth, although most injuries are mild. Sometimes there are more serious injuries, like damaged nerves or broken bones, but generally the injuries get better without treatment.

A New York Birth Injury Lawyer discussed how a difficult labor and delivery, where the baby is injured, usually takes place when the birth canal that the baby passes through is too small, or the baby is too large (which normally happens with gestational diabetes). If the baby is in an abnormal position, injury is more likely. Overall the amount of birth injuries have went down since previous decades due to improved prenatal testing and the availability of cesarean deliveries.

Head and brain injuries are one of the more common injuries, as the head is the first to emerge in the delivery process. Swelling of the scalp and bruising are common, but not cause for concern. Blood may accumulate below the coverings of the skull bones in a complication called cephalohematoma. These do not need treatment, and dissolve within a few months. A much less common injury is a skull fracture, which also heals without treatment unless it is a depressed fracture.

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A link between taking the drug Topamax or Topiragen while pregnant with children suffering from cleft palate, cleft lip, spina bifida or limb and facial birth defects has been found and might make some of these families eligible for a lawsuit, revealed a NY Birth Injury Lawyer. She said many of these pregnant women took Topamax to treat either seizure disorders or severe migraines.

The Food and Drug Administration revealed new statistics saying that pregnant women who take the drug have a much higher percentage of children with birth defects including cleft palate, cleft lip, craniofacial defects of the oral cavity than women who don’t take the drug.

NY Birth Injury Lawyers pointed out that these babies most likely face a higher risk as well for spina bifida, genital birth defects, limb malformations, hypospadias, persistent pulmonary hypertension and other genital and congenital birth defects or Klumpkes Palsy. They stated that because of these increased risks, the FDA now put the drug into “Pregnancy Category D,” which means it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to cause birth defects.

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Medical malpractice is an area of the law that covers just about everything from misdiagnosis to birth injuries. Birth injuries may also include the improper use of forceps to assist in the birthing process. While they are supposed to help ease the child into the world and help in preventing oxygen deprivation and helping babies that are not positioned the right way in the birth canal, if used the wrong way, may cause injuries like Erb’s palsy or cerebral palsy, reported the New York Birth Injury Lawyer.

Typically, forceps have two cups that are rounded at each end. These are placed in such a way to encircle the baby’s head. They can certainly save an infant’s life, but one wrong move and the baby may sustain serious, life long, permanent damage. Aside from cerebral palsy, improperly used forceps in birthing may also result in head trauma and brain injury. Another typical birth injury is nerve damage to the side of the baby’s face. Hospitals in The Bronx and Brooklyn take steps to avoid this problem.

It’s true, forceps delivery does have some inherent risks in it. Nonetheless, the team in the delivery room with the mother is expected to live up to a certain accepted medical standard of care during the birth. If the team doesn’t meet that level of care and the outcome of the birthing process is injury to the child, the parents may well have reason to file a medical malpractice birth injury lawsuit.

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The parents of a child born with Erb’s Palsy recently filed a medical malpractice suit claiming their doctor was negligent when delivering their baby. It is claimed that the obstetrician-gynecologist was negligent because she failed to use the proper protocol when delivering their daughter in 2004.

During the child’s delivery, the doctor heightened the left shoulder dystocia injury by applying too much pressure on the baby. Erb’s Palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Injury, resulted.

A New York City Birth Injury Attorney very familiar with the condition said, “Erb’s Palsy, or Brachial Plexus Injury, is a condition in which a newborn can move one arm but not the other. The condition results from nerve damage. Sometimes this damage is minor and heals itself in days or weeks, but sometimes, entire bundles of nerves are ripped away from the spinal cord causing serious damage.”

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Birth injuries are often caused by doctor errors during the birthing process, but some parents in New York should make sure their newborn is not being put in danger by testing performed immediately after the birth. It’s possible that an excessive amount of testing is dangerous to babies.

A New York Birth Injury Lawyer can help you decide if you should bring a medical negligence lawsuit against the medical facility you gave birth in.

An example of excessive testing by doctors was recently detailed in the New York Times. The story uncovered data that pointed toward an excessive amount of potentially unnecessary X-rays being done on newborn babies. The babies were up to 26 weeks premature, and the excessive testing was allegedly done at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

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Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School and Johns Hopkins University have successfully developed a treatment that helps animals with traumatic spinal cord injuries. The treatment actually allows new nerve fibers to grow in replacement of destroyed ones.

Brachial plexus avulsion is an injury that occurs when an arm is pulled violently away from the body. In people, the injury occurs most often in motorcycle accidents or during childbirth.

The implications of this study for people who may face amputation of an appendage or those who suffer a brachial plexus injury are far-reaching and exciting.

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