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When Do Maternal Deaths From Sepsis Occur?

Sepsis is a serious complication that can lead to death if not treated promptly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), maternal sepsis is a leading cause of fatalities among pregnant women worldwide, resulting in 261,000 deaths annually. As noted by the Sepsis Alliance, recent data from the U.S. reveals that 23%...

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Medical Study Says Progress Against Stillbirth Deaths Has Stalled In Recent Years

Despite advances in medical science in recent decades, the overall stillbirth infant death rate in the United States remains relatively high, according to a recent medical study as reported by HealthDay News. "Our findings illustrate that past progress has now been offset by these newly identified risks," said study lead author Cande Ananth, chief of...

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Study: Over 80% of Maternal Deaths are Preventable

The United States has a maternal mortality crisis. Giving birth in America is far more dangerous than in other high-income countries. As of 2020, the maternal mortality rate in the United States was almost 24 deaths per 100,000 live births, more than triple the rate in any other developed country. While childbirth is never completely...

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What Are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases?

Medical malpractice claims can cover a wide range Medical malpractice often results in serious injuries and fatalities. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, an estimated 250,000 people die each year due to medical errors made by healthcare professionals. As a result, medical malpractice errors are the third leading cause of...

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Birth Injury Risks Associated With Inducing Labor

Medical providers need to follow standards of care to avoid injuries. While a mother's body usually starts the labor process on its own, it's not uncommon to need additional help. Roughly a quarter of births in the United States are induced — meaning a medical intervention is used to get labor started. Labor induction is...

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Serious Injuries to Mothers During Birth

What should be a joyous moment can become dangerous. Childbirth puts significant stress on the mother's body, and medical professionals need to take steps to make sure there are no serious complications. Unfortunately, for some mothers, that's not the case. Significant complications can occur during birth; without proper medical attention, they can be life-altering or...

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What Can Go Wrong During a C-Section?

Doctors need to be mindful of safety during surgical delivery Nearly one-third of all babies born in the United States are delivered by caesarean section (C-section). C-sections are common because they are medically indicated in many circumstances — for instance, if labor is not progressing, the baby is abnormally positioned, the birth canal is obstructed,...

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Study: Maternal Deaths Increased Nationwide in 2020

The overall maternal death rate in the U.S. increased by 14% Maternal deaths increased in the United States in 2020 during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics as reported by The New York Times. “Our maternal morbidity and mortality is the highest...

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What Are the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy?

A birth injury lawyer explains what parents need to know Many children are born with cerebral palsy, which is often simply referred to as CP. Roughly 3 out of 1,000 newborn children are diagnosed with CP, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And among adults, an estimated one million people have...

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