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If your baby is born with a birth injury, it may feel as if you have failed your child in some way. You may also feel as if your doctor or the hospital where you delivered the baby has failed you as well. What should you do if your baby is injured during a pregnancy or after it has been delivered?

Consider Your Legal Options

The first thing that you should do is consider whether or not to sue your doctor or other parties for negligence. If you do decide to take legal action, you may be compensated for your baby's pain and suffering. It may also be possible to obtain compensation for any emotional pain that you have experienced as a result. While money can't undo what has happened to your child, it may make it easier to provide care going forward.

Start the Recovery Process Immediately 

If your child has suffered an injury such as shoulder dystocia, it is critical that your baby starts the rehab process as soon as possible. This may make it easier to regain full motion in the shoulder. It may also ensure that other joints or muscles are weakened or otherwise impacted because they have to compensate for a weak shoulder joint. 

Get as Much Help as Possible

It is possible that your child will need to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time after he or she is born. This may make it harder to care for your other children, keep your house in good shape and focus on your professional life. Do not hesitate to ask for help from your friends, family and employer as you try to do what is best for your baby. 

Get Counseling for Yourself

You may feel sad or dejected after learning that your baby is hurt. It may be overwhelming to think of all the doctor's visits and other costs that your child may incur to get help for his or her condition. Having someone to talk to in the aftermath of giving birth to an injured child may help you put the situation in its proper perspective. 

As a parent, knowing that your child has been hurt can be hard to deal with. While you want what is best for your child, there are factors that are outside of your control when it comes to his or her health. By asking for help and getting counseling, you can make yourself strong enough to focus on giving your baby everything it needs to succeed in life.




By Kara Masterson
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Biography: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog Max.

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