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Cooling Procedure Holds Promise For Oxygen-Deprived Infants

Many birth injuries involve a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain. It is absolutely crucial that infants get the air they need; deprivation of air for even very short periods can cause serious brain damage or even death.Accordingly, when there is any form of fetal distress, doctors need to be able to respond quickly and effectively. This is necessary, for example, when the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around a baby’s neck. The clinical name

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When a Baby is in Breach

Delivering quality medical care requires responding intelligently to emerging evidence about best practices.Unfortunately, in the case of Caesarian sections, that is often not the case. The result can be injuries to children at birth from interventions that may not have been needed at all.Over a decade ago, in 2001, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) did recommend that C-sections were the best way to deliver breech babies.Breech babies are those who present themselves

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Unnecessary C-Sections Carry Unncessary Risks

In any other context, doctors are trained to minimize major surgical interventions. Why is it, then, that Caesarian sections are so common when delivering babies in the U.S. today?To be sure, sometimes C-sections have to be done to avoid birth injuries or other complications. This can be necessary, in certain circumstances, to prevent brachial plexus injuries that can cause cerebral palsy.Shoulder dystocia is also a legitimate concern.But many experts believe that C-sections are done far

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Cerebral Palsy: ‘Rabbit Test’ Shows Possible Treatment

A new research study contains findings that offer an element of people to people suffering from cerebral palsy, one of the most common types of birth injury.The term cerebral palsy is a fairly broad one for a group of disorders involving problems with movement caused by injury to the brain in the womb, during delivery, or as an infant.According to the researcher Dr. Sujatha Kannan, there is a “window of opportunity for treatment, even after

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