Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Long-Term Effects of Birth TraumaJanuary 23, 2017
While the birth process is often one of the most joyful moments in a parents’ life, it can turn traumatic quickly. If problems arise during the birth, and the health of the baby is in jeopardy, research shows that the traumatic experience can have a lasting effect on the child as he or she grows up.
The ramifications of a difficult birth can last well beyond the delivery room. Many psychologists believe that children who had a difficult or traumatic birth are more likely to show signs of anger, aggression, and anxiety, compared to children whose births were easy. One possible reason for this is that when there are complications during birth, those babies are often taken right to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which means they are separated from their mother. Being deprived of the initial bonding experience can impact the child’s psychological development later in life.
Autism and Other Delays
According to a study published by researchers at Harvard and Brown Universities in 2011, babies who experienced traumatic births have a higher likelihood of developing autism compared to children born under normal circumstances. The correlation is based on the results from 60 combined studies.
Studies also show that children who had traumatic births may be more likely to have developmental delays, including attention deficit disorder. Researchers estimate that approximately 80 percent of children who have developmental delays also had a traumatic birth experience. This makes sense since the force that is imposed on the baby’s body can have long-term effects on their nervous system.
Early intervention can help minimize the psychological effects of birth trauma, but the earlier these issues are addressed, the more likely it is that more serious issues can be avoided.
Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Birth Trauma
If your child is demonstrating signs of psychological issues that you think may be connected to a birth injury and unacceptable level of care, contact the Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. If an injury was caused by one of the medical professionals during the birth process, we will thoroughly investigate the events surrounding your case and hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions. We will obtain the maximum financial compensation for your pain and suffering. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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