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Maternal death and injury report triggers Congressional action

Many advances that have improved safety for mothers and babies during labor and delivery have taken place over the course of the past several generations. Because of this some people in Washington State might find it easy to forget that childbirth is a major medical event, one that may include complications and emergencies and the need for prompt response. A report published this summer by USA Today highlights that, despite medical advances, too many mothers die or experience serious injuries while giving birth to their children.

What causes Erb's palsy?

Expecting parents in Washington are usually given a rundown of things to expect before going into labor. Generally speaking, most births that occur in modern Washington state hospitals will be relatively safe for both you and your child. However, there are instances in which a moment of neglect or an unexpected surprise could turn the situation upside down.

Understanding breech positionining and options

Expectant mothers in Washington State understandably look forward to the birth of their newborn babies with both excitement and sometimes a bit of trepidation. Concerns about the process of labor and delivery may be especially present if it is a woman's first pregnancy or if there have been any complications. One situation that may come up is that the baby does not turn its position to the head-first exit position in time for delivery. Here a baby is said to be breech.

The importance of proper prenatal care and testing

Expectant parents in Washington State who carefully select a health care provider to take care of the mother and baby during the nine months of pregnancy through to labor and delivery have taken a big step toward protecting the health of their new loved one. It is always important, however, that patients remain aware of their rights and the types of testing and care they should receive in the event that a doctor fails to suggest the right tests that may miss details they need to know.

Types of assisted vaginal delivery

Moms and dads who are looking forward to the births of their new babies most often have ideas of how they want the births to occur. These ideas may well involve as little outside assistance as possible so that they may enjoy the natural birthing process as they welcome their new little ones into the world. Knowing that medical care is available if need be may be important indeed but this remains important.

What should expecting mothers know about uterine ruptures?

Expecting mothers in Seattle like you all wish that their children are born in perfect health. Unfortunately, complications can occur and accidents can happen in the heat of the moment. Uterine rupture is one such possible childbirth injury that can have potentially catastrophic results.

Epidurals reduce pain of childbirth, but can they be harmful?

If you have other children, you already know that going through labor and delivery is not a walk in the park. No matter how long or short your labor is, the chances are high that you will feel some pain. Like many other laboring moms in Washington and elsewhere, you may choose some form of pain relief during the birth process.

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.