When delivery room doctors and hospital staff fail to follow the proper delivery room protocols and procedures, serious birth injuries can result. Common birth injuries include:
- Hypoxia refers to the lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage caused deprivation around the time of birth.
- Seizure disorders and epilepsy can be caused by birth injuries such as HIE, birth trauma, or infection.
- Irreversible brain damage.
- Premature and underweight baby.
- Cerebral Palsy, caused by an interrupted oxygen supply during birth.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Paralysis of the face.
- Bleeding in the skull (Intracranial Hemorrhage).
- Broken bones.
- Injuries to the baby’s skull.
- Brachial Plexus injuries that can permanently damage the child’s shoulder or arm.
- Maternal injuries commonly caused during delivery by undiagnosed or improperly controlled bleeding.
- Shoulder dystocia.
- Brachial plexus palsy is an injury to nerves controlling arm and hand movement that can arise after a vaginal delivery with shoulder dystocia.
- Serious cephalohematomas can lead to complications such as jaundice and can be a sign of more serious birth injuries.
- Intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Wrongful death.