Cerebral palsy is a term that describes a group
of disorders that affect movement control. There is not one specific
cause of cerebral palsy, however, it can be caused by injury to the
brain during birth.
Cerebral palsy may be acquired after the birth of a child. This results
from damage to the brain
in the first months of life. The injury may be a brain infection
(bacterial meningitis, viral encephalitis) or head injury following
a birth accident.
The medical providers caring for the expectant mother and the fetus
are responsible to assure that they provide adequate care during the
pregnancy and delivery. The problems that may be encountered include:
Failure to interpret and respond to the changing conditions of the
fetus during labor;
Failure to act on changes in the mother's condition during pregnancy;
Failure to order specific tests during pregnancy; and not interpreting
these tests correctly;
Failure to perform a cesarean section in the presence of fetal distress;
Failure to deliver the infant when the membranes have been ruptured
for too long. Excessive use of vacuum extraction.
Failure to do a C-Section soon enough. Failed to diagnose fetal distress
(the baby was having problems during labor). Did not interpret the
fetal monitor strip correctly. Labor did not progress and took too
long. Gave too much Pitocin and injured the baby...
Lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head during labor
and delivery can cause cerebral palsy. If the infant does not get enough
oxygen the brain can be injured. There are many factors that can suggest
the injury occured as a result of improper medical care, or injury to
the brain during the birthing process.
Call us if your child has been
diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.