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Childbirth: Advancements Have Not Eliminated Risk

Childbirth in America has undergone many changes in the last 100-150 years. These changes include the approach to pain management, the expectations that women and their partners have about the birthing process, and the costs associated with childbirth.

One thing has remained the same: the desire for the end result to be a healthy mother and a healthy child, as well as the risk of a less desirable outcome. 

Pain Management During Childbirth

The approach to pain management is arguably the most drastic change to childbirth over the decades. As recent as the mid-20th century, it was still common for women, particularly in rural areas, to give birth at home. They were typically assisted by a midwife, nurse or family member such as a mother, sister or Aunt. 

Prior to the development of spinal anesthesia, drug cocktails such as a combination of morphine and scopolamine were used. "Twilight Sleep", as it was commonly called, would cause a woman to forget most of the labor and birthing process. 

Today, it is common for women to give birth under the influence of an epidural, a regional anesthesia that blocks pain emanating from the lower spinal segments. 

The Finances of Childbirth

Moving childbirth from the home to the hospital or birthing center has accomplished two things: childbirth is more structure and typically safer today, but it is also much more expensive. 

The shift from home births and midwives to hospitals and doctors was fully realized in the 20th century. As time went on, more and more women and couples viewed giving birth in a hospital as the best choice and, accordingly, were willing to pay the associated costs. 

The Risk Of Birth Injury Remains

At Caroselli Beachler & Coleman we know all too well that child birth can still result in devastating injuries for mothers and children. Sadly, many of these injuries are caused by negligence when human errors overcome the progress that has been made in pain management, sterilization and safety. 

We represent families who have been harmed by birth injuries, including:

  • Brain damage
  • Oxygen depravation
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Erb's palsy
  • Forceps and vacuum pump injuries
  • Cerebral palsy

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