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What are the most common injuries during birth?

Kids don't remember it, but birth is the most important day of their lives. Many mothers think of giving birth as a joyous experience, so it can be especially horrifying when it does not go to plan. When babies are injured in the process of entering this world, many bumps and bruises subside without serious consequences. Some injuries, however, linger for life.

What are the most serious birth injuries?

In general, the most serious and most lasting injuries in the first moments of life involve oxygen deprivation. The transition from the liquid environment of the womb to the air outside can come with problems, and the inability to breathe can have grave consequences even over just a minute or two.

How do infants' brains react to a lack of oxygen?

A lack of oxygen and nutrients can cause brain ischemia, a death of brain tissue with permanent consequences. Faulty electrical responses in the brain can impair function for years in the form of cerebral palsy or disorders that involve seizures.

What can impede oxygen or blood flow to young brains?

Infections within the mother may cause blood flow issues, and a child may be strangulated by an umbilical cord, which is known as prolapsed when it wraps around the infant's neck. Some medical professionals may be liable to the failure to prevent these incidents.

What should parents do if they suspect a brain injury?

Medical care is always the first priority, and legal help is often a close second. An attorney can help advise whether or not medical professionals and their employers have liability in an infant's brain injury.

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