Most people are familiar with cerebral palsy only in the abstract -- they don't realize that it is the result of a birth injury rather than something genetic.
Having a baby is expensive. Even when there are no complications and medical insurance is in effect, there are still usually thousands of dollars to be paid. What happens, though, when pregnancy complications and birth injuries ring up a hospital bill of $173,000?
On 2012, a baby was delivered at Chambersburg Hospital by an obstetrician for Keyston Women's Health Center. The center is a federally-supported facility. According to a lawsuit filed against the federal government, the doctor used forceps to deliver the baby boy, even though neither the mother nor the boy were in any distress.
Since cerebral palsy is a brain injury, it's often a bit different from one case to the next. This can make it harder for parents and doctors to know exactly what the issue is. Below are a few common symptoms to watch out for:
In many ways, a subdural hematoma and a cephalohematoma are similar, which is why people sometimes confuse one for the other. It's important to note the difference, though, because it can have a drastic impact on the seriousness of the injury. On top of that, a subdural hematoma is not as common as a cephalohematoma.
Most children in the United States are not born through a cesarean procedure. The statistics show that just under a third of all birth occur this way. Sometimes it is medically necessary, done as an emergency, and other times it is scheduled in advance.
Most mothers will tell you that having a child was one of the hardest things they have done to their bodies. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that childbirth caused pelvic injuries that don't heal in 15 percent of postpartum women. The damage to the pelvic region is as traumatic as the damage caused to the pelvic region by endurance sports, the researchers reported.
Childbirth is a wondrous feat, but it can be brutal on a woman's body. During a vaginal birth, a woman can experience a crack in her pelvic bone, torn muscles or tissues and a laundry list of other painful and sometimes embarrassing injuries. These are often undiagnosed and untreated by gynecologists and can have a profound effect on a woman's life.
As an expectant mother, you hope that everything goes as planned during the delivery process. While this is typically true, there are times when medical professionals make a mistake.
Cerebral palsy is a serious health concern that no parent wants to think about. Unfortunately, it is a medical issue that impacts thousands of children every year.