HOW CAN THE USA BE THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE TO GIVE BIRTH IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD?

A recent investigation by USA Today reported that out of all of the developed countries in the world, the United States ranks highest for maternal death during childbirth. The report shines a bright light on the staggering statistics of maternal death or serious injury that occur because hospitals across the country are deliberately choosing to […]

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How delivering a baby can go wrong when the doctor is negligent

Modern childbirth in the U.S. is far safer for mothers and babies than it was in decades and centuries past. Most of the time, both patients leave the hospital in good health, and when there is a complication, doctors generally do everything they can to treat it. Then there are cases where an incompetent or […]

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study c sections rates too high at many us hospitals

As much as expecting parents want to plan every detail when it comes to the impending birth of their child, the simple fact is that there is much that is simply beyond their control. Indeed, a mother may go into labor several weeks earlier or later than expected, or may even end up delivering the […]

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why more hospitals are adding laborists to their rosters

Over the last decade, hospitals across the U.S. have been working hard to raise satisfaction scores, improve patient safety, lower the number of readmissions and, of course, limit their medical malpractice exposure. While these are rather lofty goals, many have actually been able to achieve them thanks to the deployment of a new patient care […]

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are c sections as safe as commonly thought

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 32 percent of pregnant women here in the U.S. underwent a cesarean section in 2013, a rate that was considerably higher than the target rate of 10 to 15 percent supported by the World Health Organization. This trend has since continued to such […]

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study explores whether labor induction can reduce rate of birth injury

One of the most pressing risks that medical professionals must account for during the birthing process is the possibility of one or both of the baby’s shoulders getting caught on the mother’s pelvic bone, effectively preventing full delivery. This birthing scenario, known as shoulder dystocia, not only puts the baby at risk of fractures or […]

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helping families touched not just by hydrocephalus but malpractice

Those who have been following our blog closely for the last week have undoubtedly gained a much better understanding of hydrocephalus, a serious condition that the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports as being diagnosed in about one to two of every 1,000 babies. Now that you have a better understanding of the […]

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how much do you know about hydrocephalus iii

Over the course of the week, our blog has been discussing hydrocephalus, a very serious condition that can affect both newborns and babies, and have very serious consequences if left untreated. In today’s post, we’ll continue our discussion by examining some of the diagnostic tools available to physicians, as well as the procedures they can […]

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how much do you know about hydrocephalus ii

Last time, our blog started exploring the potentially serious condition known as hydrocephalus, which occurs when cerebral spinal fluid is unable to drain properly and begins to pool inside the skull. Specifically, we discussed how hydrocephalus can result in swelling of the head that, if left untreated, can result in brain damage or even death […]

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how much do you know about hydrocephalus

All this week, our blog will discuss the potentially serious birth injury known as hydrocephalus, otherwise known as “water on the brain,” as part of our ongoing efforts to provide basic background information to the parents of newborns about conditions that can seem both frightening and altogether foreign. Before beginning, however, it’s important to reiterate […]

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