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Birth Injury FAQ

What is Birth Trauma?

The term ‘Birth trauma’ is used to describe any cuts, fractures, or other injuries sustained by a newborn baby during labor or delivery. Birth trauma is more common in developing nations, but at least 2% of live births in the U.S. are adversely affected by non-congenital physical injuries. Read More

How Can Birth Trauma Affect a Child’s Behavior?

A child may not experience or exhibit certain organizational or behavioral control issues at the age of five when those skills are not expected, however at the age of 16 it may become apparent that certain skills are indeed hampered. Read More

How Common Are Birth Defects?

According to data gathered from the Centers for Disease Control, cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood with international population-based studies suggesting estimates of CP ranging from 1.5 to more than 4 per 1,000 live births. Read More

Can Forceps Delivery Cause Brain Damage?

Forceps and vacuum extractors are medical devices commonly used to assist in the delivery of babies. Properly used these devices can help doctors to safely deliver babies. However they can also lead to mechanical injury trauma to the baby. Read More

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP)refers to a group of neurological disorders permanently affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements thereby impacting body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. These ailments appear in infancy or early childhood. Although detecting may take months of years, the majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it; early signs appearing before a child reaches the age of 3. Read More

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

There are multiple factors that contribute to cerebral palsy, including lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor and delivery. During labor and delivery, the mother is usually placed on a fetal monitor which monitors and records the baby’s heartbeat. If the baby suffers from a lack of oxygen, then there will be signs of this distress in the baby’s heart tracing as detected by the monitor. Read More

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