Intellectual disability implies a below-average cognitive brain capacity characterized as mild, moderate, or severe. In the lack of any other brain complication at birth or injury, most severe cases of Intellectual disability are usually the result of some genetic or developmental problem with the brain before delivery. However, many mild to moderate intellectual disability cases can result from hypoxic injury to the brain during labor and delivery. Using a vacuum or forceps during delivery can cause trauma to the baby’s brain. If there are complications during the delivery process, there to be a lack of oxygen to the baby, which can cause brain damage. Complications during delivery can the result of medical malpractice or negligence.
6 Common Labor Complications
- Fetal Distress- Typically refers to the heart rate of the baby being at an irregular pace.
- Breech Position- The baby is positioned in the uterus sideways or head up.
- Placenta Previa- The placenta is covering the cervix.
- Meconium Aspiration- Meconium is present in amniotic fluid. If the baby inhales this, it can cause breathing complications.
- Nuchal Cord- The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck.
- Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)- The baby’s head is too large to pass through the mother’s pelvis.
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