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Premature births and modern technology

When Pennsylvania doctors keep pace with medical technology more lives are saved. This is particularly true when it comes to the prevention of birth injuries that may occur. We are particularly fortunate in the United States that we have much lower rates of blindness, retardation, lung problems or cerebral palsy due to problems that occurred when the child was born prematurely.

In the U.S. there is the availability of a silicon collar being placed around the neck of the cervix in the fetus that may delay birth until a child has a greater chance of survival. Such a device is affordable and can be used even in middle income nations that do not have the advanced medical care as say the U.S. However, to use such a device a doctor must accurately diagnose the women that are at a particularly high risk for delivering a premature birth.

The problems that develop due to premature birth can be quite devastating both for the family and for the child. Often families are not emotionally or financially prepared for what can take place if a premature birth happens.

Birth injuries are often some of the most severe and costly of injuries as such injuries can have a lifelong effect. Attorneys will hold such doctors accountable that do not keep up on technology that would prevent birth injuries from occurring.

What's interesting about medical advancements is that there will always be so much more to learn. This is particularly true when it comes to birth of children. For example doctors still do not know why the above collar works in preventing premature births, and such knowledge could lower even more infant mortality and a large number of diseases connected with an early birth.

Source: The New York Times, "Simple Device Helps Delay Birth to Lift Babies' Chances of Survival," by Donald G. McNeil, April 30, 2012

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