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  • What Are Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 20, 2016

    Klumpke paralysis, also known as Dejerine-Klumpke palsy or Klumpke's palsy, is a type of paralysis that generally affects newborn babies, but can also occur later in life. Erb’s palsy is a more common form of birth injury, but has similar effects to Klumpke paralyses. Klumpke’s paralysis affects the muscles in the person’s hand and forearm, and is caused when the first thoracic nerve and the ...
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  • The Risks of Gestational Diabetes

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 13, 2016

    If managed properly, gestational diabetes is unlikely to result in complications for the mother or infant. In most cases, gestational diabetes will go away after giving birth. Unfortunately, not every case is handled with the care needed, putting the thousands of pregnant women affected by this disease every year at risk of health complications, health issues, and birth injuries to their children. ...
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  • What is Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 20, 2016

    A neonatal subgaleal hemorrhage is a potentially lethal condition that can affect newborn infants. It is a type of extracranial hemorrhage, meaning that it takes place outside of the skull, and occurs when a vein is ruptured, causing it to bleed into the space between the scalp and the skull. Also known as the subgaleal space, this type of injury is one of the most serious brain bleeds because ...
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  • What You Should Know About Shoulder Dystocia

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 25, 2016

    Shoulder dystocia is a type of obstructed labor where, after the delivery of the baby’s head, the anterior shoulder of the infant cannot, or requires significant manipulation to be delivered. Shoulder dystocia can be life-threatening to the infant if it is not delivered, due to the birth canal compressing the umbilical cord. Warning Signs It’s important for doctors to pay close attention before ...
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  • What is Hypoxia in Newborns?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Apr 15, 2016

    Hypoxia occurs when a newborn does not receive sufficient oxygen levels to the brain. The oxygen helps the brain send neurotransmitters and electrochemical impulses throughout the body. If the brain does not receive enough oxygen, it can cause permanent damage, particularly in newborns, who are still developing their neurological capacities. Hypoxia, if left untreated, can cause serious injury or ...
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  • 4 Things That can Happen When Doctors Fail to Monitor Fetal Heartbeat

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 4, 2016

    An obstetrician or physician does not have one patient but two when examining a pregnant woman. It is important for them to monitor the vital signs, especially the heart rate, of both patients. However, doctors must frequently check a fetus’ heartbeat, given how fragile their health is. Spikes or drops in the heart rate can indicate fetal distress or other serious problems. If a physician fails to ...
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  • What Can Cause Erb’s Palsy?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Feb 19, 2016

    Erb’s Palsy refers to the damage done to the nerves of a baby’s arm. Also known as a form of obstetric brachial plexus disorder, the injury affects two out of every 1000 babies. The brachial plexus is what gives the baby movement and feeling in the arm. When those nerves are damaged, it can affect the child’s movements and cause paralysis . Because Erb’s Palsy is a direct injury to the nerves, it ...
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