This Month Honors National Birth Defect Prevention

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The month of January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Each year, a theme is chosen in support of preventing birth defects in the United States. 2019’s theme is called “Best for You. Best for Baby.” Although a myriad of birth defects are not preventable, there are some ways that mothers can reduce the likelihood of having a baby with a birth defect. Additionally, doctors are responsible for prenatal screening to identify a variety of […]

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Affidavit of Merit for a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Claim

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There are many steps involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey. One of the first and most important steps in the process of filing a medical malpractice claim is called the Affidavit of Merit. An Affidavit of Merit, also known as a Certification of Merit, is intended to demonstrate to the court that a claim has enough validity to warrant litigation. The purpose of the Affidavit of Merit (AOM) is to save the State […]

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Birth Injury vs. Wrongful Birth: Is there a Difference?

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As the parent of a child born with a medical condition, the challenges ahead are understandably daunting. In addition to caring for your baby after the delivery, you may be left wondering if doctors, nurses, or the hospital itself played some role in your child’s condition. Could your obstetrician or treating physician have prevented it? Did their decisions regarding your medical care contribute to the injury or illness? Perhaps they should have identified the condition before […]

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What is Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?

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A baby’s time in utero is a critical period of development that spells long-term implications for his or her health after birth. The way that a single cell grows and evolves into an entire human being with organs, fingers, and toes, is simply miraculous. However, the process by which this occurs is extremely complex and rife with potential complications. One such complication, known as Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS), can have serious consequences, including brain damage, lifelong […]

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Growing Concern as Zika Virus Proliferates, May Cause Birth Defects in Infants

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has scheduled an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to address the recent proliferation of Zika virus, which has been tentatively linked to birth defects in infants. Since the Zika virus outbreak, there has been a significant increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly, a rare condition that causes abnormally small heads in infants and may lead to complications including neurological conditions, developmental delays, and hearing loss. Since the first case […]

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