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Is birth trauma a real thing?

Is  birth trauma a real thing?

It varies: Some women feel they have somehow failed if they have a c-section. There is certainly a group that feels, not totally without justification, that physicians are too quick and too cavalier with c-sections. A truly emergency c-section can be very scary and traumatic with little time to explain things. On the other side are those that request a c-section without even trying labor. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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What's the benefit of C-section to avoid birth trauma case?

What's the benefit of C-section to avoid birth trauma case?

C/S: Elective c/s are now becoming more popular. This procedure on the whole minimizes birth trauma and possible problems with labor. This is still surgery & there are risks associated with this procedure even if it is common place. A thorough discussion shd be had with your OB before choosing this option. ...Read more

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Why does big baby have higher risk of birth trauma ?

Why does big baby have higher risk of birth trauma ?

Large babies: A large baby has a higher risk of birth trauma because the shoulders may be too large to easily be delivered. The condition is called a shoulder dystocia and it isn't easy to predict. If the shoulders get stuck, the baby needs to be turned in the birth canal or have its arm delivered in a special way. ...Read more

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Why do people who had to have c sections talk about birth trauma? I am just happy to have a healthy baby

Why do people who had to have c sections talk about birth trauma? I am just happy to have a healthy baby

See below: Every person has a different tolerance to pain. Some can't handle any, while others should be in pain but don't need anything. There is probably a psychological component involved with some people as well. ...Read more

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In may 2012, i went to my gynaecologist because of a bumpon my cervix. She said that it might be because of a birth trauma. My pap smear was ok. Now i feel two tiny bumpson my cervix. Can it be cancer?

In may 2012, i went to my gynaecologist because of a bumpon my cervix. She said that it might be because of a birth trauma. My pap smear was ok. Now i feel two tiny bumpson my cervix. Can it be cancer?

Cancer quite unlikel: It now has been over one year and it would be best that you be examined by your gynecologist, although it is quite unlikely that you have cancer, particularly since you had a negative pap last year. ...Read more

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My baby is suffering from facial nerve palsy due to birth trauma (as she cannot close her one eye and move her lip of left side while crying) please help?

My baby is suffering from facial nerve palsy due to birth trauma (as she cannot close her one eye and move her lip of left side while crying) please help?

Complex: If this is a rather recent birth, there may be spontaneous resolution within the next 6-8 weeks, but if this has been chronic, likely best to see a pediatric neurosurgeon, and discuss management. There may be some remote benefit to some medications and perhaps vitamin b-1, thiamine, and even less potential with steroids, but might be worth checking into. ...Read more

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Are there any trauma-induced conditions similar to autism?

Are there any trauma-induced conditions similar to autism?

Yes, it is possible: Severe psychological trauma can induce symptoms that may resemble some traits of autism. After severe trauma, some individuals my exhibit social withdrawal, difficulty in communicating, even rigid postures. With effective treatment, most individuals can recover from trauma but it may take a long time. Consult a professional if you have experienced trauma for more information specific to you. ...Read more

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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more

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Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

Not proven yet: Variable etiology , autism spectrum still amazes all of us researchers in the field as we are learning more about this disorder and the shades of the spectrum.It is also important for parents not to fall into the traps of non scientific celebrities like we had in the past, who prey on innocent parents, visit the best centers for latest science , like yale developmental center, aacap, nimh. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. T. Allen Merritt
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Birth Injury (Definition)

Injuries during childbirth can occur as a result of difficult delivery, an unusual position of the baby, or as a side effect of using manipulation with forceps or ...Read more