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Understanding the severity of birth injuries

Living in a first-world nation, you would assume giving birth in any reputable hospital would be fine. However, the United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates out of any first-world country. The U.S. sees 5.9 infant deaths out of every 1,000 births compared to 3.9 deaths out of 1,000 births in other developed nations. 

However, it is not just infant mortality to worry about. There is also a likelihood of the infant experiencing a birth injury. All women who become pregnant should learn about the possibility of birth injury so they can take active steps to avoid such trauma.

Soft tissue and eye injuries

The most common eye issue to occur during birth is a popped blood vessel. Other soft tissue injuries relate to complications during difficult births, such as cephalopelvic disproportion and shoulder dystocia. Pulled muscles and bruising can also occur.

Head injuries

A newborn's head is extremely sensitive immediately following birth. A lack of oxygen during labor and delivery can result in medical problems like cerebral palsy. This condition will stay with the infant for the rest of his or her life. 

Nerve damage

Difficult deliveries can result in nerve damage. Some doctors may use forceps to get the baby out, but this increases the likelihood of the doctor pinching a nerve. Fortunately, most forms of nerve damage will go away after a few months, at most. However, it is still a troublesome time for the parents to go through. 

Bone injuries

Many babies experience broken bones following birth. The collarbone is one of the most common bones to break during this time, but it can also happen to the arms and legs. While these bones heal over time, a broken spine leads to lifelong complications. Regardless of how long the injuries impact a child, it is paramount for the parents to seek a medical malpractice suit to try to recover compensation. 

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