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Monitoring Mom's Sleep Could Help Prevent Birth Injury

It is well known that plenty of sleep is important for good health. Duration and quality of sleep improve a variety of health factors, both physical and mental. But doctors are now saying that quality sleep is even more important for pregnant women, since lack of quality of sleep due to sleep disorders can cause injury or developmental delays in a fetus.

Philadelphia birth injury lawyers are concerned that doctors may not be screening expecting mothers thoroughly enough to discover that they are suffering from a sleep disorder that could affect their pregnancy. Inadequate prenatal care can cause a host of birth defects, and an OB-GYN should be diligent in identifying risk factors in expecting mothers.

Snoring and sleep apnea, while common in adults whether pregnant or not, can be a sign of an underlying health problem in a pregnant woman. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for some period of time while asleep, with episodes lasting between just a few seconds and multiple minutes. Since a fetus is dependant on the mother for both nutrients and oxygen supply, the danger here is obvious.

Though the source of a birth injury may be difficult to determine, if a baby is born with a birth defect, it is reasonable for parents to investigate the level of care the mother received while pregnant. Competent prenatal care means that both the mother and the fetus were carefully monitored, and failure to do so can be an indicator of medical malpractice.

New parents whose baby suffers from birth defects should consider reviewing medical records to ensure that negligence on the part of a doctor did not play a part in any conditions the baby suffers from. Victims of medical malpractice often have a wide variety of damages available to them, and parents whose child has ongoing medical issues deserve compensation.

Source: The Clinical Advisor, “Screen expecting mothers for sleep problems,” Sharon M O’Brien, Dec. 14, 2012

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