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Lack of oxygen during birth can lead to serious injury

The birth of a baby is often an exciting time for a family in the New City area. Families spend months planning for the new arrival and attending birth classes so they know what to expect when the big moment arrives. Despite all the planning that a family may do, a baby may suffer from a preventable birth injury.

One birth injury that parents may want to be aware of is perinatal asphyxia. This injury occurs when a baby has a lack of oxygen just before, during or after the birth. There are several causes of perinatal asphyxia. These include when the umbilical cord comes out before the baby, the umbilical cord is pinched or a baby develops Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, in which a baby breathes in meconium. The signs of perinatal asphyxia is a quiet or limp baby, or if the baby is having trouble breathing. If a baby hasn't been breathing for a long period of time, there is a risk of brain damage.

There are cases in which birth asphyxia is caused by the negligence of a medical provider. If there is inadequate fetal monitoring or if a medical professional lacks the skills necessary to recognize the signs and symptoms of birth asphyxia, or if skilled professionals were not called in to help, this birth injury can occur. If a family believes their baby suffered a birth injury because of a medical professional they may want to get more information about medical malpractice law. Doing so can help the family get the answers they deserve as to what happened to cause the injury and who is at fault. An important part of the process is to review medical records and consult with medical experts to get to the bottom of the injury to hold the medical professionals accountable. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

The birth of a baby is an amazing time for families. Most of the time the birth goes as planned, but occasionally a serious birth injury occurs. It is important to hold medical providers accountable for their mistakes so that they don't harm anyone else.

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