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Sweeney Law FirmBirth Defects Caused by Medical Malpractice or NegligenceBirth defects affect nearly one in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, accounting for over 20% of all infant deaths. Babies born with birth defects have a grSweeney Law FirmBrachial Plexus PalsyBrachial Plexus Palsy is also known as brachial plexus paralysis and brachial palsy. The brachial plexus is a network of nerve fibers that starts in the spinal cord then travels through the neck into the armpit region and then into the arm. These nerves cSweeney Law FirmFetal Heart Rate Monitoring and Fetal Distress  Fetal heart rate monitoring is performed to monitor fetal distress. It lets a medical professional monitor a baby's heartbeat in the uterus, including during labor. During contractions, blood vessels in the uterus constrict, or narrow, and briefly reducSweeney Law FirmImproper Use of ForcepsForceps are a medical instrument that can be used to help apply traction to the fetal head to aid in its passage through the birth canal. Forceps are shaped like a large pair of tongs designed to fit around either side of the fetal skull. Because they areSweeney Law FirmImproper use of Vacuum Extraction During DeliveryVacuum extractors are medical instruments that can be used to help apply traction to the fetal head to aid in its passage through the birth canal. A vacuum extractor is a vacuum machine with a cup shaped extension that fits (to varying degrees) on the fetSweeney Law FirmPrenatal ScreeningsPrenatal screening is an essential part of responsible, effective prenatal care. Prenatal screenings and care along with antenatal screening help give the obstetrician a general picture of the mother’s health, a chance to review personal and family healthSweeney Law FirmShoulder DystociaShoulder Dystocia, also known as stuck shoulder, occurs during labor and delivery when the baby's shoulder is trapped behind the mother's pubic bone (which is the most common) or when the shoulder becomes trapped in the hollow of the mother's tailbone. StSweeney Law FirmUmbilical Cord CompressionUmbilical cord compression can occur in different ways. The umbilical cord is the lifeline between the mother and the fetus. The fetus receives oxygen and necessary nutrients through the placenta and umbilical cord. The fetus passes carbon dioxide and was