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Factors that increase the likelihood of a birth injury

Expecting a child is an exciting time. However, with that excitement can come some fear. Birth is a complicated process and there are many unknown factors at work. The potential for a birth injury scares many people as this can lead to disabilities in your child.

A birth injury is highly unlikely, but there is a chance the worst could happen. It can help to know the signs or factors that could contribute to or cause a birth injury.

What are the signs?

Though the risk of a birth injury is low, it is still possible. There are a few different indications that a birth injury may occur:

  • Premature birth
  • Abnormal delivery position
  • Prolonged delivery
  • Presence of infection
  • Blood clotting
  • Abnormally large infant
  • Use of instruments in delivery (forceps)
  • Excessive pulling during delivery

Some of these risks are unpredictable and unpreventable, but it is important to be aware of them.

Keep in mind that less than 1 percent of babies born in the United States are born with a birth injury. The risk is fairly low, and many birth injuries are preventable. Seek consistent prenatal care and have routine check-ups. Prenatal monitoring can prevent many potential complications. You should also ask your doctor about any concerns you have during the process.

Almost 50 percent of birth injuries are avoidable. Identifying and planning for potential risks can help you avoid them.

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