Posts in 'Birth Injury'

Premature Birth and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Although it does not affect every child born too early, premature birth has a clear link to a cerebral palsy diagnosis in many cases. It is important to understand risk factors, as well as potential ways to prevent both. What Does Premature Birth Have to Do With Cerebral Palsy? A premature birth is generally defined... Read More

What Are the Effects of Brain Hypoxia in Newborns?

Associated Conditions, Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Hypoxia is what happens when a baby suffers insufficient oxygen before or during birth. The insufficiency can be due to lack of adequate oxygen in the blood delivered to the baby through the umbilical cord or due to interruption of the blood flow, either intermittently or totally. This type of brain damage from hypoxia is... Read More

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Severe HIE?

Associated Conditions, Birth Injury

If your baby did not receive enough oxygen during birth or even during fetal development, you may be starting to wonder about the long-term effects of severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy—HIE for short—and what that means for your child’s future and quality of life. While HIE complications can be significant and challenging, families should know there are... Read More

How Can I Prove Medical Professionals Are to Blame for My Child’s HIE During Delivery?

Birth Injury, Legal Help

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in newborns can have serious long-term consequences, including cognitive impairments, learning difficulties, and physical disabilities, as well as associated conditions such as cerebral palsy. If your child experienced this injury during birth and suffered as a result of a medical professional’s actions or inactions, you may be able to bring an... Read More

What Can I Do if I Suspect HIE Brain Damage Resulted from Medical Negligence?

Birth Injury, Legal Help

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a traumatic birth injury caused by oxygen deprivation to an infant’s brain during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. It can cause a variety of complications, including cerebral palsy, physical and mental disabilities, impaired vision, hearing, and more. Families of children with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) often face significant expenses in providing proper care... Read More

What Can Happen If Your Baby Is Born Not Breathing?

Birth Injury

Babies that are born not breathing are at an increased risk of brain, heart, lung, and kidney damage, especially if the baby is unable to breathe for more than 10 minutes after birth. Birth asphyxia, or the lack of oxygen around the time of birth, can also result in the baby developing cerebral palsy. Several... Read More

How Can Hypoxic Brain Injury in Newborns Be Prevented?

Associated Conditions, Birth Injury, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, is a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. Infants are susceptible to hypoxic ischemic brain injury due to the many opportunities for oxygen and blood deprivation to the brain during gestation, labor, and birth. Prevention is key when it comes to HIE, meaning that medical professionals must do... Read More

What Is the Prognosis for HIE Related to a Difficult Birth?

Associated Conditions, Birth Injury

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) caused by a difficult birth can have serious long-term consequences. The prognosis for children with HIE can vary, depending on several factors. Read on to learn more about HIE, typical prognosis, treatments, and what to do if your child’s injury could have been prevented. What is HIE? HIE can be the... Read More

What Are the Long-Term Effects on a Child Born with the Umbilical Cord Wrapped Around Their Neck?

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Giving birth can be a miraculous, joyous experience, but it’s also a worrisome time when a lot can go wrong. When the umbilical cord gets wrapped around a baby’s neck—a circumstance known as “nuchal cord”—any prolonged asphyxia (oxygen deprivation) can result in cerebral palsy or other types of brain damage and intellectual or developmental delays.... Read More

Umbilical Cord Problems in the Womb: What You Need to Know

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

The umbilical cord is a lifeline for a fetus as it develops in the womb. It connects the baby to its mother, housing blood vessels that provide the baby with oxygen and nutrients and dispose of waste. The development of the umbilical cord is an integral part of pregnancy, and the cord itself is monitored... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?