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Shoulder dystocia and injuries during birth

Birth can be a miraculous experience, but it is also a serious medical experience that, over the years, has led to many injuries and even fatalities. While modern healthcare has in many ways improved the birth experience for Texas mothers and babies, it has also introduced its own dangers into the human birth experience. In addition, it is very important for doctors monitoring a birth to keep a close eye on emergent events in order to prevent dangerous birth injuries that can be stopped when noticed and diagnosed in advance.

Shoulder dystocia: symptoms and causes

Shoulder dystocia is a type of birth injury that a small percentage of babies incur where one or both of their shoulders becomes stuck in the mother's pelvis. The baby then becomes wedged in the birth canal, and the pressure of the mother's body during delivery could break the baby's arm or collarbone; damage nerves in the shoulder, arm or hand; and deprive him or her of oxygen. Texas residents may want to know more to determine if their baby has this condition.

Aspirin can help some women avoid preeclampsia

Preeclampsia can be a major concern for pregnant women in Texas and across the country as the disorder can cause premature birth, low birth weight, kidney and liver damage, premature placenta separation, seizures and stroke. The life-threatening disorder is more common among women with high blood pressure. One study indicates that a daily aspirin regimen could help some pregnant women beginning to experience high blood pressure to avoid preeclampsia.

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