When a family goes into the hospital to deliver a baby they generally expect it to be one of the most joyous days of their lives. They have likely already set up a nursery at home and have enjoyed hours of happy anticipation of adding a new member to their family. But when mistakes by a doctor or other medical staff result in a birth injury that day can turn bittersweet at best and sometimes a day full of despair.
A woman whose infant son died after a premature birth filed a lawsuit against the hospital after it took pictures of the newborn after it had died. The infant lived only 26 days and during that time she took a limited number of pictures of the infant and asked that the hospital not take additional picture of the infant. She wanted to remember him as he was alive.
Cerebral palsy can result from a number of factors including premature birth, lack of oxygen during delivery and infections. Whatever the cause, cerebral palsy permanently changes the lives of those afflicted as well as those that love them. A new treatment at Duke University is exploring the use of stem cell therapy to try to combat the brain damage that is at the root of cerebral palsy.
At week 20, one family was faced with startling information about the twins that the mother was carrying. The twins suffered from what is known as 'Twin-to-twin transfusion Syndrome.' This is a pregnancy complication that creates a high risk of losing both babies if action is not taken. Traditionally parents had to make a terrible choice of losing one of the fetuses in order to save the other. But a new surgery provides hope for families like this one.
A new study published in the Journal of Perinatology shows that women who have planned c-section are generally satisfied with their birthing experience. This is particularly interesting as previous studies had shown that c-sections had lead to higher rates of post-partum depression and that mother who had delivered vaginally had traditionally shown much higher levels of satisfaction with their experience. Post partum depression has been linked to negative experiences during the delivery process.
In 2009 a hospital in Wadsworth Ohio joined the growing ranks of rural hospitals that no longer offer maternity services. According to local news reports the hospital cited an aging population in the area they serve and a decreasing number of births as reasons for no longer offering these services to pregnant women.
A recent study showed very promising results in reducing the number of remature births among women in high risk groups. The treatment involved a daily administration of a hormone gel. The study showed that the number of premature birth dropped by nearly half among those receiving the treatment.
A new report indicates that there still more than two million stillbirth each year worldwide. The numbers are not precise due to the difficulty of collecting accurate data in many parts of the developing world where the majority of stillbirths still occur. But even looking only at the rates of stillbirth in the Unites States and other developing countries, medical professionals had hoped that the rates would be lower.