We don't think of women dying in childbirth anymore in this nation. But in fact, 700 women do die giving birth every year in the United States and 50,000 more experience severe, unexpected health problems related to pregnancy.
The Joint Commission has introduced the possibility of crafting new standardized protocols and procures in hospitals designed to improve prenatal safety.
Birth asphyxia is a potentially deadly complication that happens when an infant isn't receiving a sufficient amount of oxygen before, during or immediately after birth. Because birth asphyxia may cause severe neurological injuries such as cerebral palsy, it's important for hospital staff to carefully monitor an infant's oxygen levels and act swiftly when a problem arises.
A New York teen recently won a long legal battle against the hospital responsible for her cerebral palsy condition. The 17-year-old not only convinced the jury that she was the victim of hospital negligence as an infant, but she painted a clear picture of how cerebral palsy has impacted her life. You see the victim, Stephanie, has a twin sister who was born healthy, without disability.
Duke University Medical Center is researching the use of cord blood cells to lessen the symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy in children.