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What is umbilical cord compression and can it hurt my baby?

As you probably know, the umbilical cord is an important structure during pregnancy that delivers oxygen and nutrients to your unborn baby. In most pregnancies and deliveries, everything is fine with the umbilical cord. However, you and other pregnant women in Washington might not realize that mild umbilical cord compression occurs at least once in many pregnancies. In some cases, a compression of the umbilical cord might cause complications, including the risk of brain damage to the baby.

Infection leads new parent to become quadraplegic

Expectant parents in Washington State know that there is always some level of risk that a complication may occur during pregnancy, labor or delivery. For people who seek prenatal care and give birth at hospitals or birthing centers, there should be some level of security and a feeling of protection because they have experienced professionals around them during these experiences. Sadly, however, there are times when these professionals fail to properly protect either babies or their mothers.

What is Erb’s Palsy?

If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy in Washington, you may be wondering how this happened and what you can do about it. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this condition is actually a birth injury that is caused during a difficult delivery of a breech position or large baby or a delivery in which there was prolonged labor.

Forgotten cellphone and pager contributes to baby’s brain damage

For all of the education and clinical training required of the doctors and surgeons currently practicing in Seattle’s clinics, hospitals and medical centers, it should be remembered that such professionals are still only human, and thus are subject to mistakes just like everyone else. The trouble is that their errors can have potentially devastating consequences that dramatically alter the lives of their patients. If and when such mistakes occur, those affected by them may not only want to know why, but may also be put in the position of being forced to seek compensation in order to effectively deal with the expenses that they produce.

What are uterine ruptures?

While most expectant mothers in Seattle look to childbirth as a joyous experience, the fact remains that serious complications can and do occur. Such complications include uterine ruptures, which can have tragic consequences for both mother and child under some circumstances. To this end, being aware of this complication, why it occurs and how it can be treated is vital if you are expecting.

Doctor found to be at fault in delaying baby’s delivery

Access to quality health care is something that almost everyone in Seattle has come to expect. That expectation comes without thought being given to one’s ability to pay. Resources are in place to help even those that are uninsured receive needed medical care. Often that care is offered at community hospitals and health clinics whose primary source of revenue comes not from payments, but rather public funding. Yet simply because the patients at such a facilities may lack the resources to pay does not mean that they should be afforded substandard care.