Most births in the Pittsburgh area go as planned and families are rewarded with a healthy new member of their family. But occasionally the unthinkable happens and a serious birth injury occurs. Many times these injuries are temporary and the infant is able to recover, but occasionally the injury is life-altering and the infant requires years of special care.
There are many types of birth injuries that can occur. If a doctor fails to perform a necessary C-Section the baby can suffer from brain damage and other injuries. The use of forceps or a vacuum can increase the risk of the baby suffering from an extractor injury such as Erb's palsy. If a doctor fails to monitor a mom in labor they can miss the signs of fetal distress. This can result in babies with brain damage and other serious conditions. Doctors can also miss the signs of preeclampsia which can cause premature birth and the death of babies and moms.