Last week we discussed a brachial plexus birth injury called Erb's Palsy. This birth injury affects thousands of newborns each year. Although mothers in the United States receive some of the best obstetrical care these injuries still occur.
If your baby's delivery didn't go as planned and your baby suffered a birth injury it could be the result of the medical staff. Birth injuries can result from using forceps, vacuum, caesarian section and other complications. They can come from a failure to monitor how the baby is doing and not performing a caesarian section soon enough resulting in fetal distress. Or a birth injury could happen when an obstetrician uses a forceps or vacuum incorrectly during delivery. Erb's palsy can be the result of the baby's shoulders being damaged during delivery. Preeclampsia, or high blood pressure, is also one of the leading causes of death for the mother and baby.