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Study: Heavier Women At Higher Risk Of Pre-Term Births

One of the biggest factors that jeopardizes newborn health is the degree to which the birth occurs early. Doctors and medical professionals can effectively manage a premature delivery-but medical malpractice mistakes can significantly raise the risk of a prematurity-related birth injury.

According to a new study, "obsess and severely obsess women" are two or three times more likely to deliver a baby at dangerously early points in their pregnancies. Specifically, delivering as early as 22 to 27 weeks of gestation.

This is a danger that doctors and other medical staff need to bear in mind at all points during prenatal care. If OBs fail to take reasonable steps to compensate for heightened risk of a premature birth, they may be committing a serious error that could result in birth injuries like cerebral palsy or respiratory distress syndrome.

Any Ohio family whose delivery involved premature birth-related injuries should consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. If a mistake is to blame for an infant's injuries, compensation may be available to help cover significant medical costs.

Source: MedPage Today, "Overweight Women Risk Delivering Baby Early," Charles Bankhead, June 11, 2013

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