The neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, is an intensive care nursery specializing in the treatment and care of ill or premature babies. Think of it as an ICU for babies. It serves a very important function and is usually used for premature babies. Many lives can be saved at the NICU, and many babies who go to the NICU are very ill or are in critical condition. Almost always, all babies that go to the NICU would likely not survive or be seriously injured for the rest of his or her life. Only very serious babies are sent to the NICU.
This is why if your baby is taken away from you after a natural birth or a c-section, you should always contact a medical malpractice attorney to assess what my have happened. A normal and successful birth will likely not result in any medical emergencies requiring a NICU to save a baby.
Common reasons why babies are taken to the NICU after birth due to medical malpractice include the following:
- Cerebral palsy;
- Oxygen deprivation at birth;
- Serious brachial plexus injuries;
- Serious bleeding injuries;
- Internal organ damage;
- Trouble breathing or lung damage;
- Baby was dropped;
- Excessive use of forceps;
- Brain injuries;
- Damage to eyes;
- Badly broken bones;
- Severe lacerations or wounds; and
- Many other causes.
If you have a natural birth and your baby went right away to the NICU, there may be a problem with the baby. This could be because the umbilical cord was compromised or the baby was in fetal distress for a long period of time. Other problems could relate to any oxygen or blood issues.
If you had planned on a natural birth and you required a c-section, and your baby went to the NICU after, you really need to talk to a lawyer. This could indicate that healthcare providers tried to do a natural birth but couldn’t due to complications. These complications could cause injury to the baby which require NICU treatment.
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