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Is it safe to give birth in a tub of water?

This day and age, pregnant women in Ohio often have a number of choices when it comes to labor and childbirth. Many can choose whether or not to manage their pain with drugs, and whether they prefer to give birth at home, in a hospital or at another type of birthing center. In recent years, water birth has become quite popular in the U.S.

Water birth involves giving birth in a tub with the assistance of a midwife. There are birthing centers that have been set up just for this purpose, and more and more hospitals have also given women this option. Midwives have long presented this option as a way to effectively manage pain during labor and delivery. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published an opinion that supports laboring in a tub, but cautions against actually giving birth in one. So, is it safe to give birth under water?

Ohio woman sues GlaxoSmithKline for Paxil-related birth defect

When a woman learns that she is pregnant or decides to start a family, one of the first things her physician is likely to do is to review any medications that the woman is taking. A number of prescription medications are not safe for pregnant women. If a woman is taking such a medication, it must be determined whether a safer course of treatment is available.

For example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which are used to treat depression, have been associated with birth defects. Pregnant women who take such prescription drugs should talk to their physicians about the risks and benefits of various types of depression treatments.

Government to pay $6.5 million after birth injury at Fort Hood

When an Ohio parent learns that their child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, they often wonder how or why this happened to their child. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, and there are also several different causes. Cerebral palsy is a type of brain malformation or brain injury that occurs during development. This can happen before birth, at the time of birth or afterward. Both genetic factors and environmental factors can lead to cerebral palsy.

Parents are often wise to work to learn the cause of their child's cerebral palsy, as knowing more about the roots of the condition may provide benefits to the child's treatment. Determining whether medical negligence - a doctor's mistake or a hospital's error - was a factor is also very important. When medical negligence leads to cerebral palsy, parents can hold health care practitioners accountable and seek compensation.

Baby girl dies following forceps delivery

Many serious questions remain following a birth that ended in tragedy last month. Ohio residents may have heard that a baby girl died several days after she was born in Texas Dec. 28. It has been reported that the girl's spinal cord was severed and her skull was crushed during a failed forceps delivery; following the birth injury, she was delivered in an emergency Cesarean section. She survived on life support for a few days, before passing away on New Year's Day.

The baby's parents have now said that they plan to sue their obstetrician for medical malpractice, claiming that he should not have attempted a forceps delivery.

Untreated jaundice may lead to brain injury

Jaundice is a fairly common condition that a number of newborn babies in Ohio experience. Jaundice is relatively harmless as long as it is diagnosed and treated promptly. When it is not properly treated, it can lead to serious complications.

Elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood are what causes the most recognizable symptom of jaundice, yellowing skin. If left untreated, excess bilirubin, or hyperbilirubinemia, can ultimately lead to kernicterus, and this may cause brain damage and even death.

Settlement reached after delayed medical care caused birth injury

When infants experience a shortage of oxygen at birth, brain damage can result. It is critical for obstetrical caregivers to meet certain standards of care in order to avoid exposing infants to a lack of oxygen. This type of birth injury can occur when labor and delivery are unnecessarily prolonged; when a caesarean section is not performed in a timely manner; when the blood pressure of the mother or the fetus is severely reduced, as well as when obstetrical caregivers fail to respond properly to other issues.

When a medical care provider makes a mistake that results in such a birth injury in Ohio, the parents of the child may decide to pursue a medical malpractice claim. This is often necessary in order to secure compensation for the baby's ongoing medical care and other services that will allow for the best possible quality of life for the child.

Misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancies lead to birth defects

Some Ohio residents may know what it is like to go through an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo is developing outside of a woman's womb. Because this type of pregnancy can be life-threatening for a woman, doctors often recommend inducing an abortion by administering methotrexate. Of course, this experience can be very traumatic for a woman and an expecting father as well.

An article that has recently been published in the New England Journal of Medicine has warned that a pattern has emerged showing that doctors are misdiagnosing ectopic pregnancies. When a pregnancy is not actually ectopic and a woman is given methotrexate, she faces serious risks of miscarrying or delivering an infant who suffers from birth defects.

Woman sues hospital for botched delivery of breeched baby

Ohio residents may be aware that in recent years cesarean sections have become a more and more common method for delivering babies. Cesarean surgeries do involve risks to both the baby and the mother, and as a result many hospitals have now taken steps to reduce the instances of C-sections.

In certain situations, it is still generally recommended that doctors perform C-sections rather than deliver a baby vaginally. This is true when babies are breeched - or positioned buttocks or feet first. Some doctors do still deliver breeched babies vaginally, and one hospital on the west coast even advertises this as one of its specialties. That hospital was recently sued, however, after such a birth resulted in serious birth injuries.

Circumstances that Cause Nerve Damage during Birth

Permanent nerve damage can impair normal physical, psychological, and cognitive development and could impact the child's quality of life. Unfortunately, some such incidents are caused by medical negligence. Provided below are certain circumstances that may cause nerve damage to a newborn at the time of birth.

Risks of Seeking Teaching Hospital Care

Unlike a traditional hospital, a teaching hospital incorporates training resident physicians, interns and medical students. There can be a lot of benefits to this in that some of the most up-to-date treatments are available and patients tend to receive a high level of quality care. However, there may be risks that patients should take into consideration when seeking teaching hospital care.