During labor and delivery, and even in the immediate period after delivery, a baby can receive life threatening or life changing injuries. There can be infections or metabolic, chemical or blood related disorders that go undiagnosed. There can be paralysis from a baby's shoulder being stuck in the birth canal and improper excessive force used to free the shoulder.
During the delivery process, infants may suffer an injury to their clavicle, or collarbone. Clavicle fractures are among the most common birth injuries, so parents in Pennsylvania will want to know how it occurs and how it can be treated.
Hypoxia is a type of birth injury that commonly occurs in Pennsylvania and around the country. It can happen at any point during labor and delivery, and it must be quickly treated in order to prevent permanent damage.
Although the majority of births go well for mothers and infants in Pennsylvania, birth injury remains a possibility at any delivery. One form of birth injury called shoulder dystocia could cause a variety of problems for a mother or infant. Shoulder dystocia occurs during a vaginal birth when an infant's shoulders become stuck in the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia can injure either the infant or mother, and some women have an enhanced risk for the issue.