Oxygen supply can play a huge role in the delivery of a baby. Lack of oxygen can have a significant effect on the newborn. While there are several reasons for it, oxygen deprivation can result to the baby experiencing long-term and permanent neurological as well as physical problems. When this happens, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg LLC reveals that this could mean a lifetime care for the child.
Oxygen deprivation or birth asphyxia can lead to lack of oxygen supply to the baby’s brain. This could lead to injury in the brain cells and cause various conditions such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, seizures, permanent brain damage, and cerebral palsy. Oxygen deprivation happens in four of every 1,000 full-term births. Premature babies are more susceptible to injuries due to lack of oxygen. Every minute counts for the baby and time lost could mean lifelong problems for the baby.
There are several factors that contribute to oxygen deprivation such as umbilical cord problems, issues with the mother’s blood pressure, constricted airways, anemia at birth, early separation of the placenta from the uterus, and the baby getting stuck in the birth canal during delivery. Prompt and diligent monitoring of the health care provider can help prevent lack of oxygen. While oxygen deprivation is something beyond the control of healthcare providers, they have the knowledge and training to manage labor and delivery.
Oxygen deprivation can also have a huge impact on the family of the baby. On the financial aspect, it could mean expenses amounting to almost $1 million, as bared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If lack of oxygen was the result of medical negligence, the parents of the child has all the right to sue the responsible parties for the injury they caused to their baby. With the help of a skilled attorney, they may be able to recover damages.