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Birth Injuries: HIE Puts Infants at Risk During Childbirth

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) occurs when a newborn baby’s oxygen and blood flow to the brain are reduced resulting in brain injuries. 

It develops from the prenatal to the postnatal period. But it often occurs during labor, when infants are under extreme stress due to uterine contractions.

Generally, a child who suffers from HIE will most likely go on to have cerebral palsy and other life-long disabilities. In the United States, it occurs in 1 to 3 for every 1000 births. And the percentage of infants diagnosed with cerebral palsy ranges from 15% to 28%. 

Cause of disease linked to childhood seizures identified

Statistically, not too many new parents in New York will have an infant with infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), an early childhood seizure disorder. But when children do have it, it can contribute to intellectual and developmental delays and issues with physical movements related to cognitive processing. Even when children with EIEE are on medication, frequent and debilitating seizures may still occur as much as 50 times a day. Researchers have now identified the genetic cause of this neurological disorder.

Anemia drug could prevent birth-related brain injuries

New York readers may be interested to learn that an anemia drug might help prevent brain injuries after a baby is deprived of oxygen during its birth according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

Clavicle fractures: causes and symptoms

The most common injuries that newborns incur during delivery are fractures to their clavicle or collarbone. The risk for fracture is especially high during difficult deliveries and in cases where newborns incur birth trauma. Parents across New York will want to know more about clavicle fractures and how they can detect them.

Obstetrician ordered to pay $3 million over birth injury

Birth injuries occur in hospitals in New York and around the country far too often. In late September, a jury awarded $3 million on behalf of a boy who was injured during delivery. The incident occurred almost a decade ago.

Types and Causes of Birth Injuries

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Birth Defect.jpgAccording to statistics, 1 in 9,714 births in the United States include a birth injury. Every year, about 28,000 birth injuries are reported across the nation. The National Healthcare Quality Report estimates that 6.68/1,000 birth-related injuries occur to male infants and 5.08/1,000 occur to females.

Tips to Prevent Birth Injuries


shutterstock_493063300.jpgAccording to statistics, of every 1,000 births each year in the United States, 7 involve birth injuries. About 28,000 birth injuries occur each year, 2,333 each month and 538 each week in the US. This means that there are 76 birth injuries per day, or 3 per hour.