Ways to prevent birth injuries

An expectant mother would never want to have her newborn baby suffer an injury — or to be injured herself — before, during, or after delivery. While some problems result from an emergency that medical professionals could not predict, treat, or prevent, some injuries are the result of negligence or medical error.

Understanding the various ways to avoid certain birth injuries is a proactive step that all expectant mothers can take as they proceed through prenatal care and into the delivery room. While not all injuries are preventable, some risks can be reduced with appropriate knowledge and action. 

Steps for preventing birth injuries

Mistakes are an all-too-common occurrence in all areas of medicine, not just in the sector of newborns and deliveries. One of the most important ways to prevent errors is to have clear, open, and honest discussions with your healthcare provider. This includes communication about any medicines you are taking or that your doctor prescribes for you during prenatal care, delivery procedures, and post-delivery hospital supervision. If doctors schedule you to have surgery, such as a C-section, or another procedure during your delivery, such as tubal ligation, make sure that you understand everything that is going to take place.

Typical birth injuries

It is important that you understand what the typical birth injuries are and how to avoid those that may be preventable. Sometimes, medical staff may fail to recognize complications during prenatal care or delivery. Also, doctors may fail to perform a C-section when it is medically necessary. Both of these cases could indicate negligence on the part of the doctors. The wrong medicine could also cause preventable complications, and improper use of medical equipment could harm you or your newborn during the delivery.

While you cannot prevent a doctor from making a neglectful error, you can take as proactive an approach as possible. The first step is ensuring that you know what is happening — and why — in all phases of your prenatal care, delivery, and postnatal period.

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