The birth of your child should be the happiest time of your life. Unfortunately, there are times when doctors and other medical professionals may breach their duty of care causing the baby to sustain a birth injury. Sometimes, a doctor or nurse’s negligence causes one of the more serious birth injuries, cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can permanently impact the baby’s body movement, balance, muscle coordination and more. In many cases, cerebral palsy is not detected until months or years after birth when the child shows a lack of muscle development or has other issues with movement.
Cerebral palsy can be caused by:
- Lack of oxygen
- Fetal distress during labor and delivery
- Trauma during or after birth
- Brain hemorrhage
Asphyxiation is the result of the brain receiving an insufficient amount of oxygen due to issues such as prolapsed umbilical cord or umbilical cord strangulation.
It is important for the doctor and nurses to make sure they monitor the potential for damage to the baby during pregnancy, labor, and delivery to prevent birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.
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