The men and women who serve this country are generally respected and revered. They risk their lives to keep our country safe and secure. When those service members lives and health are on the line, shouldn't we expect that medical providers should do their best to keep those special patients safe and secure?
A doctor fails to notice obvious signs of illness. A surgeon operates on the wrong body part. A hospital birthing team fails to ensure a baby has adequate oxygen during birth. A nurse doesn't properly care for a patient so that health-damaging infection is avoided.
For most pregnant mothers the most important thing is that their baby is delivered safely and arrives in good health. While in many cases this is exactly what happens. Unfortunately, in other situations birth injuries occur that inflict irreparable harm upon the baby. Sometimes there are steps that could have been taken to prevent the injuries from occurring.
There is approximately one OB-GYN per 3,568 female residents in Warren County. Hamilton County has one for every 2,152 female residents, and Montgomery County has one for every 3,129 women. Some counties do not have any, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Whether we like to think about it or not, sometimes things go wrong in the course of delivering a baby. When they do, parents may be forced to quickly come to terms with a reality they did not expect. A situation where this could happen is when a baby is diagnosed with cerebral palsy after he or she is born.
When parents welcome a new baby into the world the usually have many concerns. Do they have enough bay clothes at home? Did they pick the right brand of diapers? Did they make the right choice on a name? While these questions can be a big deal for some, others must face more difficult issues such as what is wrong with their baby.
Saturday, Oct. 25, closed out a 7-day awareness week targeting brachial plexus injuries. During the awareness week, groups like the United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc. shared information about this type of injury in the hopes that it would help raise funds, share research and prompt change.
The day a child is born is often one of the most special days of a person’s life. This joyful sentiment can be dampened however when trauma during the birth results in injuries to a baby. These injuries can impact the life of a baby and his or her parents for the rest of his or her life. In other situations it can lead to death.
Residents of the state of Ohio likely have many lifetime goals. For some of those individuals that includes having, and raising, children. While the birth of a child is a major change for parents, pregnant women face changes months before the baby arrives.
The story may be apocryphal, but it makes a point. Years ago, when the medical community began to advocate "natural" childbirth, a comedienne quipped that she would rather have "natural" tooth extraction. Perhaps it was an Ohio woman who said that all the breathing exercises expectant mothers learned were not to manage their own pain but to manage the nurses' pain -- if these mothers-to-be were breathing and not screaming, an OB nurse's day was a whole lot easier.