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Birth Injuries

Lack of oxygen at birth linked to autism

July 24, 2018

A recent study established a link between birth complications, such as lack of oxygen during birth, to an increased risk of autism. The chief science officer at the Autism Science Foundation said the study “adds to a growing literature” linking obstetrical complications to autism.” This study also may allow for Read More

Pre-eclampsia can cause stroke in a pregnant woman

April 27, 2018

It is important to know that pre-eclampsia during pregnancy can cause significant injury, such as a stroke, to a mother as well as cause harm to her unborn baby.  In fact, it almost doubles a woman’s risk of having a stroke.  Fortunately, a recent study showed that treating a mother’s Read More

Babies Should Sleep In Same Room As Parents During First Year

October 25, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents’ bedroom at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death.  The new recommendations say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents on a separate Read More

$4.25M settlement for failure to treat pre-eclampsia resulting in the death of twins before birth

August 26, 2016

A judge refused to seal the records of a $4.25 million medical malpractice settlement.  Judge Terrence Nealon rejected a defense request to keep the settlement secret, finding that the public’s right to know outweighed concerns defense attorneys raised that release of the information would discourage hospitals and physicians from settling Read More

ZIKA VIRUS A THREAT TO PREGNANT MILITARY MEMBERS

August 4, 2016

ZIKA VIRUS A THREAT TO PREGNANT MILITARY MEMBERS CNN confirms that 41 military members stationed overseas have contracted the Zika virus-double the number of cases reported just last month. Those diagnosed with Zika include a pregnant soldier and seven military dependents. In pregnant women, the effects can be devastating, and Read More

Gender discrimination prevents baby brain injured during birth at a military hospital from getting compensation: U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case

February 27, 2016

The Supreme Court will soon consider whether to correct a serious example of gender discrimination in the military. Air Force Capt. Heather Ortiz went to a military hospital ready to give birth to her child. Just before delivery, a series of errors by hospital staff caused her blood pressure to drop, Read More

Doing more c-sections saves more mothers and babies

January 12, 2016

A new study published in JAMA last week challenges the 30 year old “rule” that a hospital’s target c-section delivery rate should be less than 10 to 15%. For years it has been argued that there is no medical need for the increasing rate of c-section deliveries and doing more Read More

Birth injuries two times higher at military hospitals

January 3, 2016

Giving birth in a military hospital is twice as likely to result in a birth injury than when giving birth at a comparable civilian hospital, according to a recent report.   In addition, mothers were significantly more likely to suffer a hemorrhage (serious bleeding) after birth in a military hospital than at Read More

Medical Malpractice Is Tragic Pattern in Military Hospitals, NYT Report Finds

March 31, 2015

While military hospitals are often the sites of medical malpractice and medical mistakes, these mistakes are rarely scrutinized and reported, a recent New York Times investigation has found. According to this study, researchers have reportedly uncovered the facts that: Military hospitals consistently have had higher rates of malpractice and resulting Read More

Emergency Room Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims

August 1, 2013

When you have an emergency medical need, you trust the doctors and other medical professionals in emergency rooms to be ready to provide you with the best possible treatment. Unfortunately, however: Emergency rooms are hectic places. Doctors may not have the support staff they need. Medical professionals may be overworked, Read More

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