Understanding the risk of birth injuries

The time leading up to a child's birth should be among the most joyous in a parent's life. Sadly, there are many risks that can turn these happy months into tragedies in an instant for too many parents in Tennessee. Lack of proper response by obstetricians and other healthcare professionals during pregnancy or delivery can cause babies to be born with disabling birth injuries.

The dangers of pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia and its full realization, eclampsia, together pose extremely serious risks to babies in utero. WebMD.com notes that some of the early symptoms that pregnant women may notice are swollen feet, hands, legs and arms. Rising blood pressure as well as protein levels in urine samples can further lead to a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia.

The American Pregnancy Association indicates that babies can be at risk of death if appropriate medical response does not occur in these situations. If allowed to develop into full eclampsia, the amount of oxygen delivered from mother to baby is dramatically reduced. This can lead to debilitating brain injuries as well as death.

Conditions that can result from complications or injuries

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke shows that an insufficient level of oxygen delivered to babies during pregnancies is a primary risk factor for the development of cerebral palsy. WebMD.com adds that one out of every five cases of cerebral palsy is the result of a birth injury.

Cerebral palsy is one form of palsy that cannot be cured. It also is not always evident at birth even if it results from a birth injury. It can take up to three or more years before children can be identified as having cerebral palsy. Children affected by this condition can experience varying levels of disability. For some, floppy or weak muscles are evident. For others, full paralysis of certain body parts can result.

Erb's palsy is another motor control condition that results from birth injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides details about the nerve bundle that is damaged and causes Erb's palsy. Weakness or paralysis through the arm or shoulder is the visible sign of this disability. The nerves can be damaged through manual manipulation during labor.

When to seek help

Tennessee residents should talk to a lawyer at any time that they suspect their babies have been impacted by birth injuries. The life and health of a child should be treasured. Any injury to an innocent baby should be directly addressed.