During the course of its delivery, a baby may not receive the necessary oxygen it needs for its brain to continue functioning optimally. This puts the child at an increased risk for a number of long-term problems or permanent disabilities, including cognitive disorders and cerebral palsy.
Birth injuries can come in a variety of forms. Last week, we discussed how some birth injuries can come with a doctor doesn't act quickly if a fetus is in distress. This is only one of the causes, but it is also one that is preventable. We know that all parents who are expecting a baby want the baby to be born healthy and be able to leave with the mother. This isn't always the case. Some babies do suffer harm at the hands of the medical professionals who are supposed to keep them safe.
When you go into the hospital to have a baby, the medical team is going to monitor your baby. This can be continual or periodic. In either case, this provides an important glimpse into how your baby is tolerating the stress of labor. If there are any issues, the medical team can spring into action to help your baby.
We recently discussed how superobese women have considerations during labor and delivery that need to be studied more. Of course, this is also true for a variety of other situations that occur in labor and delivery. All women who are going to have a baby should understand the risks that they face. They need to be aware of the options they have regarding the birth process.
Women who are classified as obese face challenges when they are pregnant. They have to contend with more health issues during the pregnancy than women who aren't classified as obese. Women who are in the super obese and morbidly obese categories face a more increased risk of these issues than women in the obese category.
Hospitals have long used two primary techniques for determining which antibiotics to administer when a patient has an infection. These two are cycling and mixing. A recent study shows that neither of these methods is effective. Instead, patients should be given the appropriate antibiotic for the condition without any regard to cycling or mixing.
Childbirth is a very dangerous event, even when things are all going according to plan. There are many variables that affect the outcome of the birth. As we discussed last week, one of these variables is the need to have the delivery assisted with forceps. This is sometimes necessary to safely deliver the baby, but it can also be dangerous if it isn't done properly.
Some women who are in labor will need the extra help that comes from forceps. These deliveries are sometimes necessary to get the baby out without having to go through a cesarean section delivery. This isn't to say that the delivery with forceps is fully safe. There are very real risks that are present with these deliveries.
The cervix is the bottom most part of the uterus. The cervix has to thin out and dilate before a child can be born vaginally. For some women, the cervix is considered incompetent or weak. This can mean that the woman is at an increased risk of losing the baby as the baby grows and more pressure is placed on the cervix.
A pregnant woman usually has a million thoughts going through her mind about her labor and delivery. One thing that many women don't think about is the possibility of fatal placenta complications occurring in their pregnancy. Even though the women might not think about them, the doctors who care for pregnant women should always be on the lookout for these types of issues. One of the serious issues that can occur is when the placenta attaches too deeply to the uterine wall.