Having a child is a joyous event for most families. Parents spend months preparing and siblings can be incredibly excited to meet their new brother or sister. But this joyous moment can drastically change if your baby is hurt while being born. While dealing with this can be overwhelming, there are a few things that you can do to help support your family.
While they are commonly confused, there is a difference between a birth injury and a birth defect. Birth defects usually can’t be prevented and occur during pregnancy. Birth injuries occur during childbirth and is usually preventable. It is important that you educate yourself about the conditions facing you and your family. Depending on whether the injury will heal with time or is a more serious condition that will permanently disable your child depends on what occurred during childbirth and the seriousness of injury.
Make sure you talk with your doctor about what consequences of the injury are and what your treatment options are. If you feel that the injury to your child was the fault of the doctor, consider finding a new doctor you trust to help treat your child. You can also conduct your own research by using reliable online medical sources. You should discuss any information you learn online with a reliable healthcare provider.
Finding support for you and your family is crucial. You are being forced to confront issues that you may have never even thought about and it can be overwhelming. If you have other children, they may feel worried about their new sibling and neglected by their parents as you focus on getting treatment for your infant. There are many support groups that you can reach out to, depending on your needs and the needs of your family. Hospitals often have support groups that specialize in helping you while you are there or providing resources to help other members of your family. You should also reach out to extended family and friends. They often want to help, but don’t know how. Don’t be afraid to ask them if you need something.
Treating your infant’s injuries can be incredibly expensive and time consuming. While it may be one of the last things on your mind, consider pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. You can receive compensation for medical expenses, work time lost while caring for your child, and emotional damages. If you decide to seek compensation, consult with an attorney who specializes in birth injuries. They have the ability and the resources to assess both the medical and legal aspects of your case.
It can be overwhelming and emotional to deal with a childbirth injury. Make sure that you do not neglect yourself when caring for your family. Don’t forget to ask for help if you need it.