Avoiding Vacuum-Assisted Births

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 23rd, 2009

According to, when complications arise and baby needs to be removed from the mother quickly, one technique utilized is vacuum-assisted birth, whereby the doctor or midwife attaches a flexible, rounded cup to the baby's head while in the birth canal. The cup connects to an electric suction pump, or small hand-held pump that creates a vacuum-like pressure, holding the cup in place on the baby's head.

How Autism Affects the Family

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 16th, 2009

Autism can cause children, as well as adults, to experience the world from a different perspective than most other healthy individuals. This birth injury can make it difficult for individuals to talk with others using words. For this reason, many kids who have this brain injury often keep to themselves.

3 Chronic Conditions Resulting from Shoulder Dystocia

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 8th, 2009

As most people are aware, there are many complications that can occur during childbirth. One of the lesser known ones is called shoulder dystocia. This term refers to when, during delivery, the baby’s head passes through the mother’s pelvis, but the shoulders cannot pass through or at least not without a great deal of intervention.
The incidence of shoulder dystocia is approx. 0.6 – 1.4 percent of births among average sized babies and increases to 5 – 9 percent for larger babies (9lbs 14oz and up). When this problem occurs it can lead to a serious birth injury which can then result in a host of chronic challenges for the child, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and Klumpke paralysis.

Proper Pre-Natal Care Can Prevent Brain Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 6th, 2009

Having proper prenatal care is imperative for many reasons. Perhaps one of the most important ones is the prevention of brain injury to the unborn child. This type of injury can lead to the chronic condition called cerebral palsy. While some cases of cerebral palsy are the result of birth injury, a large number of cases occur due to conditions of the mother during pregnancy.

Philips Avalon Fetal Monitors Failed

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 5th, 2009

The FDA reported numerous complaints of inaccuracies when using the Philips Avalon Fetal Monitors, Models FM20, FM30, FM40, and FM50 with the ultrasound transducer. In Septeber, Philips issued an Important Device Safety Alert. Inaccurate output readings may lead to unnecessary interventions, failure to identify the need for interventions, and failure to identify fetal distress. The complaints most commonly occur during the second stage of labor. Recognizing these conditions and responding appropriately is important to avoiding serious adverse health consequences. This error is being reported during the very crucial second stage of labor and a lack of notice about fetal distress could potentially be the difference between an emergency C-Section that ends with a healthy baby and a baby born with life-altering cerebral palsy. As our medical professionals on staff tell us, it's during this vital time when monitoring is crucial to preventing a prolapsed umbilical cord or other events that can end in injury or death. We are watching this situation as it develops and as always, we'll update as more information becomes available. Please if you see this pass this on to friends or family that might work in obstetrics healthcare or in Labor and Delivery in hospitals. We want don't want another child born hurt because a medical facility is using a faulty product or a doctor or nurse made a mistake.

Cerebral Palsy from Birth Injury – Was It Preventable?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 1st, 2009

Cerebral Palsy is a condition caused by brain injury to the area of the brain responsible for motor control. This injury results in involuntary movements and a lack of muscle coordination and is a permanent condition. There are numerous issues that can be responsible for this type of brain injury and some are unavoidable. Sadly though, this condition is sometimes the result of a preventable birth injury. During the birth process there are several factors that can cause brain injury and result in cerebral palsy. Doctors are responsible for knowing the risk factors involved with a vaginal birth and the issues that signal the need for a Cesarean birth instead. When oxygen and blood to the infant are cut off during birth, brain injury can occur. The infant may be stuck in the birth canal for too long, the umbilical cord may become compressed, or the placenta may become prematurely detached. There is also the risk of brain injury due to the misuse of the vacuum or forceps during vaginal delivery. Of course, these are only some of the brain injuries that can cause cerebral palsy, but they are some of the preventable ones. Regrettably errors do occur, and injuries are often the consequence. If you or someone you care about has a child with cerebral palsy that you feel resulted from negligence on the part of the doctor during delivery, complete our form for a free evaluation.

What Is a Birth Plan and Why Do You Need One?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 25th, 2009

Who would have thought there were so many options women have now-a-days when it comes to the birth of their child? Since there are so many options, many women are now creating a birth plan to make sure their wishes are met during that time. Rasansky Law Firm encourages all expecting women (and their partners) to have an updated birth plan and to discuss it at length with their medical team. This serves a dual purpose of educating your medical team about your wishes and keeping the birth process in focus for the labor. Labor can be overwhelming and the more that you understand about how things are supposed to go, the more you can intervene if events take you off track. According to, a birth plan is a written description of what the expectant parents would like to include and what they'd like to avoid for labor and the birth of their child. A birth plan might mention preferences about walking during labor, place of the delivery, use of camera/video, pain medication, and may be written with the help of a woman's health care provider. has a birth plan form where expecting women can write in their instructions and answer several multiple choice questions. Here are some things to think about when creating your own plan. 1. Include dad in the birth plan. There are a number of choices mom has to make for labor and delivery. But in each case, there is a role for dad as well. If he is the labor coach, he should have lots of things to do to keep busy. Specify what dad is to do. 2. Plan ahead for labor.

CP Resource Web Site Launched Today

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 23rd, 2009

A Web site for parents of children with disabilities launched today. My Child Without Limits looks to provide you with the knowledge, resources and network to ensure your child's future is without limits. Visit for more info.

Medical equipment could cause breathing issues

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 11th, 2009

The FDA has recalled a medical device, a pediatric-sized tracheal tube. (Check here for pictures of tracheal tubes) In some situations the tube is smaller than the packaging indicates. This can make it difficult for technicians and medical personnel to remove it without causing diffculty in breathing for children. This increases the possibility for injury or death.

How safe are the medical devices used for your child?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 1st, 2009

Most medical devices are created for adults. Those used with children may be ones modified from an adult version, devices for general use and some are created specifically for pediatrics. The FDA actually follows the development process for devices created for pediatrics all the way to market approval.

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