Sadly, birth injuries might be more common than you believe. According to the CDC, three percent of every baby born in the United States suffers a birth defect. These defects are also the leading cause of infant fatality, contributing to 20 percent of all infant deaths.
It is not always obvious, but many birth injuries result from doctor errors. Disabilities previously thought unavoidable are, in many cases, the result of medical malpractice. Continue reading to learn more alarming birth injury statistics.
Most common occurrences
Estimates put 7.15 out of every 1,000 birth injuries in private, non-profit hospitals. Public hospitals have the second most common rate at 6.11 of every 1,000 birth injuries. The size of the hospital has little correlation to the birth injury rate.
The highest rate of birth injuries occurs with mothers between the ages of 25-34 who need birthing tool assistance. Forceps are the most common predictor of birth injuries. Sometimes, forceps are necessary during stalled labor or other complications. However, you should be aware of the risks before going into labor. Improper use of a medical tool is negligence.
Mothers between the ages of 40 and 54 have the lowest rate of birth injuries. However, the injury rate of cesarean sections increases with age. Keep this in mind when you plan your pregnancy and delivery.
Giving birth is inherently risky. Sometimes, unforeseen complications arise. However, your doctor should walk you through every step of the process and help you plan for difficulties during labor. Planning and communication are essential to prevent birth injuries.