Posts in 'Causes of Cerebral Palsy'

How to Prevent Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Doctor Visits, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

There are three types of cerebral palsy: congenital, acquired, and genetic predisposition. Congenital cerebral palsy, a type of CP that occurs when the brain doesn’t develop as it should before or during birth, can sometimes be prevented during pregnancy. If you have concerns about cerebral palsy, how to prevent it is likely at the top... Read More

What Causes Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a type of disorder that affects body movement, muscle tone and motor skills. In many cases, people with this condition have difficulty performing basic tasks such as walking, speaking and swallowing. Cerebral palsy can occur before, during or after birth. In about 70% of cerebral palsy cases, however, this condition results from... Read More

Can a Stroke Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

A stroke is often associated with older adults, but in some cases, a child or even an unborn fetus can suffer a stroke. A child who suffers a stroke has a significant chance of developing cerebral palsy. Learn more about the signs of a stroke and how it can be treated. What Is a Stroke?... Read More

Hydrocephalus as it Relates to Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Information

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Hydrocephalus is a Latin word meaning “water on the brain.” About 75% of children with hydrocephalus will have some form of motor disability. This can be in the form of cerebral palsy. The best analogy I can think of to describe the relation between cerebral palsy and... Read More

Pediatric Stroke and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

By John Lehman Most people think strokes affect only adults, but they can also occur in children, even before birth. In fact, pediatric stroke is one of the leading causes of death in children. Children who have suffered from a pediatric stroke also have a high chance of developing cerebral palsy. Like cerebral palsy, pediatric... Read More

Fetal Heart Monitoring: How Mistakes Happen in Labor and Delivery

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

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor Electronic fetal heart monitoring is used in nearly all hospital births in the United States. The technology has been around for decades. But medical records of brain-injured infants I review each week frequently show that although fetal monitoring was showing the baby was experiencing high levels of... Read More

Advice to Expecting Parents about Assisted Delivery Using Vacuum Extraction

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

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor When a mother is unable to deliver a child on her own, assistive equipment may be used to help speed the birthing process. Because the need for vacuum extraction (VE) is always a possibility during childbirth, parents need to be aware of what it entails and what... Read More

Pitocin and Its Ties to Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

By Stacey Bucklin CP Family Network Editor View similar stories. Pitocin is the synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone called oxytocin that is produced by a woman’s body during labor and delivery. It is used to induce labor or to speed up (augment) natural labor. It may also be administered to help a mother... Read More

Placental Abruption

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

By Stacey Bucklin CP Family Network Editor View similar stories. Placental abruption is the separation, either partially or completely, of the placenta from the uterine wall before delivery. Although this condition is relatively rare, occurring in 1 out of every 100 pregnancies, the premature detachment of the placenta can have serious health consequences for a... Read More

Common Mistakes Leading to Brain Injury in Newborns

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor As an attorney with more than 20 years of obstetrical experience, I regularly sit down with parents and review situations in which medical error is the suspected cause of their child’s cerebral palsy. While each case is different, there are certain medical errors which come up most... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?