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June 2011 Archives

Jury finds that midwife's errors caused infant's injuries

Yesterday a jury delivered a $3 million dollar verdict in a birth injury case after it determined that the midwife had not met her standard of care when overseeing the birth. After the nine day trials the jury deliberated for about four hours and returned with a split verdict.

Premature infants can suffer effects into adulthood

Last week we talked about some issues parents of premature infants can face when others assume that once the baby is out of the neonatal intensive care unit. But as you may know the follow up care required for a premature infant is often much more extensive than for many other infants.

Thoughtless comments cause stress for parents of premature babies

For most families that are expecting a new baby there is a great deal of joy and anticipation. That time of nesting and attending a baby shower can quickly lose its joyous tone when there is an unexpected premature birth. Suddenly thoughts about what color to paint the nursery are replaced by technical medical jargon and long hours or days spent keeping vigil next to your child in their incubator.

Study says that sleep position can affect stillbirth risk

A new study indicates that pregnant women who sleep on their left side have a significantly lower rate of stillbirth. While this study was limited in scope including data from only 155 women who had suffered a late term stillbirth, it may be the basis for a hypothesis that can be tested on a larger population.

New study finds obstetric malpractice is often a series of missteps

When an infant suffers a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice it is natural to look for that single serious mistake the doctor made. But a new report suggests that most often it is a series of small mistakes or oversights that cascade into a crisis for the health of the infant or the mother.

$500K investment for lung treatment for premature infants in Ohio

As you may know, infant that are born premature are at an increased risk for a number of heart and lung disorders including bronchopulmonary dysplasia. This disorder can be fatal and is generally treated with oxygen for many months. It can result in chronic lung damage.

Therapeutic hypothermia holds potential for newborns

A news report yesterday told the story of a family that had gone through the terrifying experience of giving birth to an infant that was not breathing and had no heartbeat. Her Apgar score was zero. As you may guess every moment that passes when the infant's brain is deprived of oxygen increases the risk of serious brain trauma even if the baby survives.

Hours after birth critical for premature infant bonding

A recent study has revealed that close contact between mothers and their premature babies in the first few hours of the infant's life results in a greater degree of bonding and helps to form a more secure attachment between parent and child. Researchers have reached similar conclusion in older studies with non-premature infants but this study marks the first time this has been reviewed in the context of premature infants. It is of particular interest as premature infants often spend more time in special care nurseries rather than in direct contact with their mother.

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