Brain injuries are typically sorted into specific categories, and one of the broadest categories is that of the "acquired brain injury." What does this mean and how does it define the injury? Essentially, this category is just used to differentiate between brain issues that people have had all their lives and those that they acquire after they are born. For example,...

As some Missouri residents may know, the death rate from complications due to pregnancy has been going up in the United States. Because of this, professional organizations are joining together to try and cut these fatalities in half within five years.There may be multiple causes for the rising maternal death rate. Until the 1930s, one of every 100 women...

As Missouri parents may know, birth injury due to obstruction is a condition associated with overweight neonates. Recent studies have pointed to benefits derived from induction of labor at 37 to 38 weeks to avoid this problem. The benefits are particularly noticeable when the baby is large for gestational age. Large infants have a greater incidence of birth injuries,...

When a baby dies or is injured during childbirth, it can cause emotional pain for parents. It can also increase liability costs for doctors who deliver babies, and it is one reason why many are being driven out of the profession. However, the rate of injuries and death during childbirth could be dramatically reduced with basic safety programs.That is...

When a baby is born, it is possible that he or she could suffer from a variety of bone injuries. One of the most common injuries during delivery is a fracture of the clavicle. While it is often hard to avoid or predict, it may happen more often when there are issues with birth weight. It may also be...

In Missouri and elsewhere, births may sometimes be accompanied by laryngeal nerve damage, an injury to the nerve that affects a baby's ability to swallow, cry and breathe. In most cases, this type of birth trauma is self-reversing, with recovery periods ranging from 4 to 12 weeks depending on the severity of the injury. In more severe cases such...

Medical interventions are sometimes needed during the birthing process. This is especially true when labor stalls. A vacuum extraction tool that attaches to the infant's head is one of the options a physician may turn to during a difficult birth. Although vacuum extraction births can be successful and are known to reduce the incidence of vaginal injuries, the method...

Expectant parents in Missouri might have heard that parents in Portland, Oregon, are suing a hospital for negligence after it allegedly mishandled their son's water birth delivery. The parents are seeking approximately $36 million in damages for current and future medical costs as well as for their son's pain and suffering.The popularity of water births has been on the...

While many Missouri women experience a problem-free birth of their babies, there are instances where the delivery of a child may not go as planned. In some of these cases, a doctor or health care professional may be required to provide assistance during the delivery. Depending on the circumstances, forceps...