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A birth defect is a health problem that inflicts your baby from the outset based on your child’s DNA. Examples of birth defects are Down Syndrome, a cleft palate, a heart murmur, or other health problems stemming from the structure of the child’s DNA.
In some instances, however, birth defects are a direct cause of outside factors, such as pregnant women taking medication that’s been shown to cause birth defects, such as certain anti-depressant drugs and even certain birth control medications. In these cases, the birth defects could have been prevented had the physician not prescribed these types of medications during pregnancy.
A birth injury is a health problem that an infant is born with that is, in most cases, completely preventable. The most common types of preventable birth injuries are caused by:
Medical staff can make mistakes that harm your child (sometimes for a lifetime) for a variety of reasons, including inattentiveness, exhaustion, or inexperience. Sometimes, an experienced physician who is better equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies is not available when the baby is being delivered.
None of these reasons are excusable, but unfortunately, these are sometimes the sources for the aforementioned problems. While these are all things that medical staff members should know how to avoid, these accidents are still likely to happen, especially if during a stressful, difficult delivery.