Pregnancy can be a wondrous time full of laughter and love. But the dream of a bouncing baby shouldn’t include broken bones and further medical complications. Yet, almost 150,000 infants are born annually with a birth defect or traumatic birth injury. While most birth defects aren’t preventable, many birth injuries are. The birth injuries alone equate to approximately three births per hour across the U.S. Fortunately, there are some simple steps to help prevent them altogether.
Prioritize Prenatal Care
The best way to ensure a happy and healthy baby is to plan for one. The care should start prior to pregnancy and continue throughout the gestational period. Of course, many pregnancies are surprise events. In either case, proper prenatal care is essential. Prenatal care involves eating right, getting plenty of water and rest, being active during the pregnancy, taking the right vitamins, and reducing stress. This all helps the mother but also ensures the baby stays healthy and stress-free, thus minimizing delivery stress and human error.
Stay Updated and Informed About Any Prescribed Medication
Medication is often needed during pregnancy and delivery. However, don’t always trust that everyone on your medical team is on the same page with those needs. A change in medication, an increase in dosage, or even stabilizers can create unnecessary complications. In some cases, they can even prove fatal–to the mother and/or child. The mother should always be aware of and understand what’s being pumped into her body. And if she’s unable to retain the information or comprehend the details for whatever reason, another family member should always step up to the plate and take down the information. Simple medication mistakes should never be the cause of a lifetime’s worth of regret.
Be Persistent with the Medical Team
Many new mothers are just that: new mothers. The delivery room can seem cold and unyielding, even with touches of home and other attempts to personalize and warm the surroundings. The wait time for your little bundle can be quite extensive as well. So the medical staff team and ignore game often throws new parents off. To the medical staff, a birth is just another part of their work day, but to you it’s everything. And it should be. The only thoughts on the parents’ minds should be the safety and welfare of the mother and child. As long as you’re continually informed of the baby’s progression, the wait can be tolerable. But if you’re feeling completely ignored and out of the loop, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Communicate with the nurses, ask for specific answers, and don’t let anyone hide behind silence or excuses if you’re seriously confused or concerned.
Seek Legal Help When Warranted
Seven out of 1000 infants in America are born with some type of birth injury. Cerebral palsy is the most common type, responsible for over half of the annual cases. While a birth injury isn’t always avoidable, medical negligence cases make a total mockery of your pain and suffering. The right birth injury attorney can help you seek remuneration for the mistakes but following the above suggestions can help you avoid potential catastrophe altogether.