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Reducing the rates of birth injuries

When New Mexico parents are expecting a child, the worst thing they can imagine is for their baby to suffer injuries or even potentially die during the delivery process. However, some hospitals have taken up initiatives that have drastically reduced the number of injuries and fatalities that often occur during childbirth.

These facilities have provided training to avoid breakdowns in communications during childbirth, including simulations so that staff knew how to handle emergencies. They have also established programs urging the exercise of caution when determining whether a cesarean section should be performed. In 16 hospitals run by one health care alliance, adhering to these initiatives resulted in a reduction of the rate of birth trauma by approximately 74 percent. Another hospital network was reportedly able to reduce its neonatal fatality rate in more than 40 hospitals by half. Other hospitals and health care organizations have reportedly experienced reduced rates of injuries due to birth trauma as well.

While these results are positive, not all hospitals or health care organizations have adopted updated or best practices. As a result, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists argued that tools were needed to help hospitals put these updated practices to use. However, the ACOG did not endorse any laws or regulations that would assist with implementing the updates promptly.

In some cases, negligence on behalf of the hospital or staff members may result in a serious neonatal injury that could potentially leave a child permanently disabled. If it can be proven that the staff member or the hospital was negligent, the parents may want to file a medical malpractice claim against those responsible. An attorney may assist with gathering evidence that demonstrates the full extent of the birth injury and the damages that can be sought.

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