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I'm hoping this doesnt happen to often. I dont think it does but I got this post idea from the Dr. Phil show. What happened to the women and her child that were on the show was this: While pushing her son out the shoulders got stuck. To help get the baby out the nurse wiggled the head/neck and in the process permanetly (sp?) damaged nerves in his shoulder and he has very poor control of his left arm. He's 3 now and is always in PT.
A girl I was friends with had her shoulder dislocated at birth because her mother was too small but didnt have any promlems with it later in life.
So my question is did anyones child sustain injuries from birth/delivery?
I was told Danny's stork mark on his forehead is from the birthing canal ... but who knows.
Other than that, I've never heard of a baby having lasting injury from being birthed. I had a girlfriend who had to have a baby sucked out with a vacuum type thing, and used forceps (she couldn't walk for a week afterward ... yikes!) ... and he had a bruise on his head, but that went away after a couple of weeks ...
I've never heard of permanent damage either. Usually they're so limber they come out ok. I did have a friend though who's daughter swallowed merconium during labor. They think she stopped breathing cause of it and she is mentally retarded. She blames the dr cause she had a long, hard labor and it took too long for the girl to be born. They had to use forceps and the vacuum on Nikolas, and I had no problems walking afterwards. I had more pain from the c-sect with Andrew than anything else.
Oh I do blame the Drs for the boys being born premature though. I started having contractions at 26wks and I was treated like a ditzy first mom who didn't know what contractions were and sent home. I overheard the doc say we need the bed, send her home. So I do think we may have gone longer if someone had paid closer attention.
Linda, mommy to Nikolas & Andrew, 5 year old twin boys and Ember Rose, almost 3.
My first and second children both had a broken collarbone.
With my first, the Dr used vacuum extraction and (I believe) too much force.
With my second, the Dr thought he was stuck, really, I was having a small rest, so he tugged. Afterwards he admitted to me that he shouldn't have done that.
With my third I had her at home with a midwife, there were no injuries, she was fine. My midwife didn't tug on her at all, and she was the chubbiest of them all.