Birth defects more common than many realize

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

In 2020, over 17,300 babies were born in West Virginia. Of these babies, it is estimated that one out of every 33 will experience a birth defect. Though some birth defects are detected while the fetus is still in the womb, others aren’t discovered until after birth. Many birth defects are due to a genetic condition or problems that occurred when the baby was developing. Unfortunately, some birth defects are the result of birth injuries.

Birth injuries versus birth defects

Birth injuries are typically categorized as birth defects, but they aren’t the same thing. A birth defect occurs during the baby’s development in the womb. A birth injury occurs during the baby’s birth or shortly after birth. Birth injuries aren’t preventable by the parents and often occur due to the actions or a choice by the medical practitioners.

Statistics for birth defects and injuries

Not only are birth defects fairly common, but they are also more severe than many people realize. Each year, three percent of all of the babies born will have a birth defect. Of these babies, many will require lifelong care. Unfortunately, some birth defects are fatal. An estimated 20% of newborn deaths are attributed to birth defects.

Seeking help after giving birth

Every birth brings a range of emotions to new parents as they navigate recovering from pregnancy and birth, taking care of a newborn and doctor appointments. These emotions are compounded when a parent has a baby with a birth defect. Talk with your child’s pediatrician to get referrals to help your child get the best care. Government programs may be available to help you pay for the care your child will need.