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Premature deliveries and birth injuries

Childbirth is often a miraculous occasion for mothers in Alton. But when there are issues that result in premature delivery, many new mothers find themselves upset and frustrated about their babies' conditions. Babies who are born sooner than 37 weeks are premature because they have less time to develop. The earlier babies are born, the more health complications and serious injuries they may have. Mothers should take some time to learn how premature delivery and birth injuries can occur.

Women who are at risk of premature delivery may exhibit a variety of factors, including carrying multiples, uterine infections, cervix abnormalities, certain chronic health diseases and placenta deficiencies. Physicians are responsible for monitoring the health of their expecting patients and providing treatments to reduce the chances of premature deliveries. Doctors who do not provide the proper care and preventative measures are often responsible for the outcomes.

Preventing premature deliveries

Even though they are under the care of their doctors, women should carefully monitor their pregnancies. They should keep watch for signs of premature delivery so they can inform their doctors immediately. Common signs that can indicate delivery is imminent include pressure in the abdomen, changes in vaginal discharge, cramping, spotting, backaches and contractions. These symptoms may not occur with every premature delivery, but it is crucial for pregnant women to notify their physicians if they feel things are not right.

All premature births are not preventable. However, there are measures doctors can take to stop it so mothers can carry their babies until they are closer to full term. Medications are often given to mothers to stop contractions, reduce the chances of infections and speed up their baby's lung development. Physicians may also order their expecting patients on bed and pelvic rest. Women who have incompetent cervixes may require stitches in their cervixes to keep them from dilating early and delivering their babies prematurely.

Premature babies have serious health problems

Premature babies are more susceptible to birth injuries than full-term babies. Premature infants are at risk of developing jaundice, visual and hearing loss, brain damage, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and many other health problems that can have a negative impact on their quality of life. Brain injuries are quite common in premature births. Babies who have them may have experienced oxygen deprivation at some point during their gestations and deliveries.

Many birth injuries are preventable if physicians monitor their patients and do everything they can to slow down and stop the progression of premature labors. Women who are at risk for premature deliveries or have delivered babies who have birth injuries should speak to an attorney about their situations to learn more about their options.

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