Americans benefit from one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Though the system is riddled with mistakes and is full of dangers, it is also partially defined by a highly educated staff, state of the art equipment and ever-evolving methods of care. This is why it is so puzzling to see the astonishing spike in severe complications that women are suffering from in childbirth as well as the high rate of birth injuries afflicting infants.
During the nine months of pregnancy, a mother dreams of the future for her child. When it is a girl, she'll dream of picking out colorful dresses, picking flowers in the park, helping her with homework, placing a veil on her head on her wedding day and guiding her through her own pregnancy as she starts her own family.
Many people in Ohio suffer from debilitating seizure disorders, and the prescription drug Depakote can offer many of them help and relief. However, the drug has been known to have potentially dangerous side effects, especially when used in young children and the elderly.
We have often used the phrase "wrongful death" in this blog. It is a common legal term used to describe fatalities that occur as a result of negligence, recklessness or purposeful intent by an individual, corporation or government. But less common and far more controversial is the concept of "wrongful birth."
We have previously written about the devastating nature of birth injuries, specifically cerebral palsy. This condition, which actually refers to a group of disorders, afflicts approximately one in every 300 children born in the U.S.
While some women choose to give birth without any pain medication, epidurals are given to many expectant mothers who understandably crave relief from the pain of delivery. However, a new study has determined that women who develop a fever after receiving an epidural may unintentionally transfer health risks to their newborns.
Maternity wards across Ohio and the nation are most often filled with anticipation and joy. However, when medical emergencies arise or mistakes are made during the delivery process, these wards can become a place of fear and uncertainty.
We have previously written about the importance of quality perinatal care. Expecting mothers in Ohio and elsewhere rely on qualified doctors and other medical staff to ensure that the pregnancy goes smoothly and that the baby suffers no birth injuries during delivery.
Birth injuries are some of the most devastating and costly injuries associated with medical malpractice. We have previously written about parents in Ohio and elsewhere who have successfully won cases against doctors whose negligence in the delivery room resulted in conditions like cerebral palsy.
Birth injuries or complications during delivery are some of the most heartbreaking scenarios for patients and hospital staff to experience. That's why competent perinatal care is so important.