Birth Injury

When an Inexperienced Doctor Uses a Vacuum or Forceps

Despite extensive medical advancements over the centuries, childbirth still remains a tenuous, oftentimes difficult process. While medicine gives us new ways to see a child developing in the womb or testing for problems over the course of a pregnancy, deliveries can still be filled with challenges. When a child who…

Hospitals May Avoid C-Sections for the Wrong Reasons

Part of the pregnancy process involves creating a birth plan for the mother that documents her preferences for how the delivery will be handled. Birth plans often take into account any health concerns surrounding the pregnancy, as well as any previous difficulties the mother has experienced with delivering a child,…

Not Every Birth Injury is Obvious

As part of our work connecting parents with a wide variety of helpful resources aimed at helping children with Cerebral Palsy, we hear a wide range of stories about how the child’s brain injury occurred. Just as some have a very clear ‘smoking gun’ of sorts based upon an infection,…

Understanding Asphyxia as a Birth Injury

A lot of complicated medical terms are thrown around to describe causes of Cerebral Palsy. Asphyxia is often a common phrase used but is confusing to many because of how they associate the term with life. Modern dramas on TV will list ‘asphyxia’ as the cause of death when someone…

What is Hypoxia?

On our blog, we like to simplify complex medical terms in order to help parents better understand their child’s diagnosis and/or potential factors in their child’s health. The term hypoxia is relatively short, yet it involves a very serious situation with a long-standing impact on the health of a child….

What is Cephalopelvic Disproportion?

Beyond being a mouthful of a medical term, cephalopelvic disproportion (also known as “CPD”) is a critical circumstance that is extremely important to address. Taking place during labor, CPD occurs at a critical time for both mother and child. When a medical professional fails to take proper action in the…

Your Child’s Apgar Score

An Apgar score is something most everyone has heard of, but may never fully understand its relevance or value. Used to describe your child’s condition upon delivery, an Apgar score is the first true assessment of a child’s health. Because it has universal components to it aimed at allowing all…

What is Shoulder Dystocia?

If you have a child with special needs, you have likely been inundated with medical terminology that can be nearly impossible to understand. While conditions like Cerebral Palsy can have a wide assortment of related symptoms and diagnoses, there are also additional terms that can tell a very important story…