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Birth injuries impact 2% of live births

The birth of a child is an exciting time for any parent or parent-to-be in New York and elsewhere. While many positive thoughts exist during this joyous time, there are also some concerns had, as both mother and baby could suffer harms if complications arise.

No one wants to think about suffering potential harm during the labor and delivery process; however, if a medical professional fails to provide the necessary care, the mother or newborn could suffer a birth injury.

Based on current statistics, it was found that birth injury or birth trauma impact 29 out of 1,000 babies in the U.S. each year. Such an injury is defined as suffering cuts, fractures or any other injury occurring during the birthing process. This amounts to roughly 2% of all live births in the U.S. suffering some form of physical injury during the labor and delivery process.

There are certain factors that could increase the risk of a birth injury. This includes the weight of the baby being 8 pounds 13 ounces or higher, the baby being born before 37 weeks, prolonged labor, a difficult labor or fetal position abnormalities. When a baby is born head first, the baby's head, should and neck are the most likely to suffer injuries.

For some birth injuries, the baby or mother will heal over time and suffer no long-term issues. However, some suffer severe injuries, resulting in long-term pain and suffering due to the birth trauma. This could mean lifelong medical care, reduced quality of life or even death.

No one expects that their baby will suffer a birth injury; thus, when such an event occurs, it is not only shocking but also an emotional and difficult event to navigate. If a birth trauma to mother or baby was due to medical negligence, it is possible to seek legal recourses through a medical malpractice action. This civil suit not only establishes the cause and liability of a birth injury but could help with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages suffered.

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