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August 2019 Archives

Periventricular leukomalacia, an infant brain injury

In Texas and across the U.S., many infants born prematurely suffer a brain injury called periventricular leukomalacia, or PVL. The ventricles, or fluid-filled areas, of the brain are fragile before 32 weeks of gestation, and changes to blood flow in these areas can easily lead to PVL. Infection during delivery is another possible cause of PVL.

An overview of jaundice in newborns

Jaundice occurs when the blood has high levels of bilirubin, a yellow substance created from the replacement of old red blood cells. In a baby, the placenta breaks down bilirubin before the liver takes over, but liver development may be slow. Therefore, it's not unusual for infants to be born with high bilirubin levels and develop jaundice. Expectant mothers in Texas may want to know more.

Doctors must recognize blood-type issues to avoid birth injuries

Texans who are expecting a child will be excited about the future. As they take the necessary steps to plan for the birth, they are placing significant trust in the medical professionals caring for the expectant mother and unborn baby. Unfortunately, this trust can be misplaced and errors can happen. In some cases, these errors result in birth injuries that can have a lasting impact on the child’s life. Testing procedures must be followed. If they are not and something goes wrong, medical professionals should be held accountable.

Surgical errors that can happen during a C-section

Cesarean sections are a prevalent form of birth in the U.S. According to the CDC, 32% of all births in 2017 were C-sections. Texas alone had a rate of 35%, coming in at number eight in the nation. While C-sections can be necessary and life-saving in certain situations, they can be more harmful than helpful when there is no true medical need for the procedure. These preventable C-sections are called "unnecesareans."

Shoulder dystocia and its effect on birth trauma

While in labor, some Texas mothers may experience a condition known as shoulder dystocia. This condition is a type of birth trauma that occurs when the baby's shoulders become stuck inside the mother's pelvis during delivery. It could cause problems for both the mother and child, which is why it is important to identify it right away.

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