Bringing a little one into the world is a joyful and life-changing moment for all parents. However, it is well known that the labour and delivery process comes with risks to the health of both mother and to the baby.
Fortunately, the vast majority of deliveries and births in Australia are uncomplicated. Sadly, sometimes things can go wrong. Injuries being suffered by newborn babies during their birth are almost always unexpected and can be very traumatic for the family.
We regularly speak to Obstetricians, Neonatologists and Paediatricians who often say that babies are “built” to withstand the extraordinary conditions they are placed under during their delivery. However, when the care of a baby before, during and after the birthing process is managed incorrectly, babies can tragically suffer birth injuries and disabilities.
Injuries suffered by newborns can be extremely subtle, and other times they can be profound. They can range from mild learning or intellectual disabilities to more serious conditions such as brain damage, resulting in cerebral palsy and autism.
Some babies can also suffer physical injuries during their delivery such as broken bones and physical deformities as a result of instruments used by doctor and delivery techniques.