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Risk factors for Erb's palsy and symptoms in newborns

Although parents in North Carolina anticipate the birth of their children with excitement, the birth process inherently imposes risks on the mother and infant. Erb's palsy is a type of birth injury, and its severity can range from temporary symptoms to lifelong disability. The condition results from nerve damage to the brachial plexus during birth. One to two infants per every 1,000 births experience some form of the injury.

Causes of Erb's palsy

Some babies born in North Carolina might suffer a birth injury known as Erb's palsy. It commonly results when there is a problem delivering the shoulder part of the baby and excessive pressure is placed on the shoulder, neck or head. About 2 out of every 1,000 babies delivered have Erb's palsy. Symptoms may include a limp or paralyzed arm, little to no movement in fingers and hands or a lack of sensation in those areas.

Mother awarded $50 million after suing obstetrician

North Carolina mothers who are concerned about the care they received during labor and delivery may be interested in the case of a New York woman who successfully sued her obstetrician. She was awarded $50 million after a 2009 childbirth that left her with injuries that have never properly healed.

U.S. doctors may perform too many C-sections

North Carolina couples who are expecting a child may not know that the United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates among the wealthy nations of the world. Some medical experts believe that this is linked to the fact that the U.S. performs so many cesarean sections.

When home births are safe in North Carolina

According to a study conducted in Canada, a women going through a low-risk pregnancy may face no additional risks from giving birth at home instead of at a hospital. To gather data, the study looked at roughly 11,000 births that took place at home and roughly 11,000 births that took place at a hospital. Researchers excluded deliveries that involved babies being born breech or babies that were born prematurely.

Study looks at effects of weekend effect on births

Some North Carolina residents may have heard of a phenomenon called the "weekend effect". This refers to the tendency for patients to have poorer outcomes when admitted to the hospital on weekends. Studies have returned inconclusive results about the causes and likelihood of this tendency, but recently, a study in England found that babies born over the weekend had a higher mortality rate than those born during the week.

Electronic fetal monitoring linked to increased childbirth risks

When North Carolina women have electronic fetal monitors placed on them during labor, they may not realize that studies show that they can often lead to more problems than they prevent. Electronic fetal monitors come in both internal and external styles. They measure the fetal heart rate with the purported purpose of alerting an obstetrician to an emergency. Their widespread use in delivery rooms, however, has shown no association with a reduction in infant deaths or birth injuries.

When shoulder dystocia isn't addressed properly

The delivery of a child doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes, complications arise in relation to a delivery. One complication that sometimes comes up during the delivery of a child is shoulder dystocia. See our shoulder dystocia page for information on this delivery complication. 

Is there a risk of birth injuries with a cesarean section?

Becoming a parent is supposed to be a joyous and exciting time for any parent. But this sentiment can be marred by medical mistakes that cause injuries to a mother and/or her child. These mistakes can be incredibly devastating and may even lead to questions that require legal finesse to answer.

What complications result from undiagnosed preeclampsia?

Some women appear to breeze through their pregnancies with no apparent side effects, while others spend nine months battling very serious complications. One of those, preeclampsia, involves a dangerous rise in maternal blood pressure. It can be deadly if left undiagnosed and treated.

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