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Protect yourself in a hospital with good planning and witnesses

When you're preparing to bring new life into the world, you want everyone around you to be on board with the same goals. You need the nurses and doctors to be familiar with your medical history and birthing plans. They should know what choices you want if something goes wrong and even if it doesn't.

New hospital approach reduces caesarian births

Carrying a child to term is one of the greatest challenges many women face, and some are more than willing to make the experience as brief as possible towards the end of the pregnancy. Thousands of obstetricians have recommended caesarean section, or C-section, which bypasses labor through a quick surgical procedure. Some doctors are now shying away from this recommendation.

You can hold your obstetrician accountable for your stillbirth

Any fetus who suffers an intrauterine death after 20 weeks of gestation is considered to be stillborn. National Stillbirth Society data shows that one in every 160 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. While some of these happen while a mother is in labor or during delivery, a large majority of them occur during her pregnancy.

Birth injuries: What is Klumpke's Palsy?

Just about everyone in the nation is familiar with cerebral palsy. However, there are other types of palsy that are much less well-known. Klumpke's palsy is one of these types and is sometimes the result of birth injuries caused by negligent medical personnel. Klumpke's may develop in infants that have suffered injuries to their brachial plexus nerves. Its symptoms include the following.

Illinois jury awards millions to family after birth error

Expecting parents are always concerned something will go wrong with a child's birth and do everything they can to give their baby the best possible start in life. A large majority of births in Illinois happen without a hitch, but serious injury can happen in the complicated process of delivery.

Is shoulder dystocia during childbirth caused by negligence?

In most births, both the infant and the mother emerge from the experience healthy and happy. However, dangerous complications and birth injuries are always a possibility. Shoulder dystocia is one such condition that has the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening birth injuries if left unaddressed.

What if your newborn has unexplained injuries?

As a parent, if your newborn ends up needing hospital care after birth, you may spend extended amounts of time not being around your new child. You trust the hospital staff to provide proper care. But what if that doesn't happen? What if your child winds up with unexplained injuries?

What is hypoxia?

When the brain does not get the proper amount of oxygen, it can lead to a condition known as hypoxia. This, in turn, can lead to brain swelling and very serious injuries. Left untreated, it is potentially fatal. A baby who endures hypoxia during birth could end up with cognitive deficiencies, cerebral palsy or HIE (hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy).

Home births show lower perinatal death rates than hospital births

Many people consider home births to be unnecessarily dangerous. They worry about everything that could go wrong, and they ask if it is really wise to be so far from a professional medical center in case there is an emergency. They ask if children are more likely to pass away during childbirth if parents opt to do it at home.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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