Depending on the specific case and type of defect, a child's birth
defect may be discovered before, during, or after pregnancy. With current
technology, you may be able to discover abnormalities in your child well
before they are born, allowing you to make proper preparations for handling
their health in the future.
Types of Diagnoses
There are two types of testing that are used to determine if a child may
be born with certain defects. The first of these,
screening, is a preliminary attempt by doctors to determine if a child has any abnormalities.
While this will not diagnose a problem, it will alert a physician to the
possibility of a health issue and may lead to further testing. A simple
blood test or ultrasound is enough to discover a number of defects.
diagnostic tests can be used to validate screening results or to check on the status of
a pregnancy. High resolution ultrasounds, blood tests, and/or analysis
of the placenta or amniotic fluid can all serve to indicate whether a
child has certain defects. Chromosomal or genetic disorders, including
Down syndrome or Tay-Sachs disease, can be discovered using these methods.
Still, some problems may not be evident until after a child is born.
Tracking Birth Defects
Various organizations are dedicated to studying birth defects. If your
child has a birth defect, such institutions will collect certain types
of data to facilitate their research. The Metropolitan Atlanta Congenital
Defects Program (MACDP) specifically collects data for certain Atlanta
counties. On the other hand, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network
(NBDPN) studies cases throughout the United States to discern potential
factors leading to a risk of birth defects, and to help families with
In any case, various state, national, and international groups work to
learn from the families of children with birth defects. Their research
is valuable to understanding these disorders and helping families properly
handle them. For families seeking personalized assistance, countless support
groups are available to provide the information and companionship they
need as they learn how best to deal with their child's special needs.
You can find a wide range of support groups to match your family's
The Arc is a national organization designed to guide families through defects
such as Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and other issues. The
Spina Bifida Association of Georgia is a state branch of an institution that deals with highly
specific needs. Some families may find solace through organizations such as
The Compassionate Friends, which is dedicated to those who are grieving the death of a child.
Whatever your needs, your physician and local hospital can be excellent
resources for finding a helpful support group. Likewise, if you require
legal aid for a birth injury, our firm is available to provide the legal
guidance you need. Our legal team at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. has helped
clients recover more than $100 million for injuries suffered at the hands
of negligent medical practitioners.
Contact us immediately to discuss your case with a seasoned birth injury
attorney in Georgia.