Polyhydramnios is a condition where excess amniotic fluid builds up in the uterus during pregnancy. Texas women should know that though it occurs in one percent of pregnancies and is usually harmless, it can lead to serious complications like pre-term labor and premature births. It could also lead to the placenta separating from the uterus wall before birth -- a condition called placental abruption.
Uterine rupture is a serious complication that all expectant mothers in Texas should be aware of. It is rare, affecting less than 1 percent of pregnancies, and usually occurs in women with uterine scars from past cesarean sections and other uterine surgeries. In a uterine rupture, the baby can slip into the mother's abdomen, causing severe bleeding in the mother and suffocation in the baby.
A childhood seizure disorder that affects 1.2 in every 1,000 newborns in Texas and across the United States has been found to have a genetic cause. Early infantile epileptic encephalopathy, or EIEE, is a neurological disorder that typically appears within the first 10 days of life although some cases don't present until the newborn is 3 months of age. Babies with EIEE experience frequent seizures that can cause developmental delays, psychomotor impairments, intellectual impairments and early death.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a dangerous birthing issue that can affect a child for the rest of his or her life. Information from the Florida Neonatal Neurologic Network has found that HIE occurs in between every three and 20 births out of every 1,000.
Umbilical cord prolapse is a rare condition that expectant mothers in Texas should learn about. It arises during labor when the umbilical cord enters the birth canal with or before the baby. This can give rise to an even more serious condition where the umbilical cord is compressed.
While many people think that maternal death in childbirth is largely a historical phenomenon, in many cases, this is strikingly untrue. Mothers in the United States have the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and there is a particularly concerning racial disparity affecting black women. Black women in Texas and across the country are three to four times more likely than white women to die or be severely injured due to pregnancy and childbirth complications.