Sometimes during the delivery process complications can arise that result in the child suffering an injury. Hypoxia is one of the most common birth injuries that can occur when delivering a child. Fortunately, we now have the technology that allows us to avoid birth injuries such as hypoxia.
What is it?
Hypoxia means a lack of oxygen. This happens when a child is strangulated in some way during the delivery process. The strangulation can occur as a result of the umbilical cord being wrapped around the child’s throat or a problem with the uterus. This strangulation deprives the child from oxygen and can lead to brain injuries or other injuries to the child from force that is used to remove the child quickly from the birth canal.
Why it happens
Doctors now have sophisticated tools to help them monitor the child’s condition during birth. When a complication such as the umbilical cord around a child’s neck arises, the staff is responsible for addressing the problem quickly to prevent any further complications. If the staff fails to properly address a complication a birth injury can be the result. Hypoxia can also be the result of improper planning of the delivery. If there are potential problems with the uterus then the doctor should recommend a delivery by C-section. Failure to deliver the baby with the technique can result in hypoxia due to birth difficulties.
When a child is deprived of oxygen for too long a brain injury or other conditions such as cerebal palsy, hearing loss, poor vision, or mental impairments can occur. The doctor and medical staff have the responsibility to correctly monitor and plan for the deliver and birth of your child.
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