Birth Injury

What is Cerebral Palsy and What Causes Babies to be Born with It?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the leading congenital disorder in the nation, affecting approximately 500,000 children and adults, according to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. CP is a permanent disability encompassing various disorders that affect an individual's… Read More

Four Types of Birth Injuries That Are Often Caused by Medical Malpractice

While many babies are born perfectly healthy, others have severe birth injuries that occurred in the womb or during labor or delivery. Birth injuries can also occur during the first month after birth, particularly if the newborn already has health problems. Birth… Read More

January Is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Nearly 120,000 children in the U.S. are born with a birth defect each year. Birth defects can range from mild to debilitating, affecting a child’s lifespan and quality of life. January was established as National Birth Defects Prevention Month in an… Read More

Jaundice That Leads to Cerebral Palsy is Medical Negligence

Jaundice that progresses to kernicterus (a type of brain damage) and cerebral palsy should not be happening in the U.S. today. But it still is, as evidenced by malpractice lawsuits over the condition known as kernicterus. Why? According to researchers,… Read More

Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Originally published in Cerebral Palsy Magazine Knowledge is power. As the parent of a child who suffers from the effects of cerebral palsy (CP), you are well aware of this old adage. That’s why you spend countless hours reading, searching the Web and… Read More

Looking Back and Moving Forward: 10 Years after Lizzy’s Trial

10 years ago we started our trial. I remember it clearly. Well, most of it. Lizzy was 5. We had moved from Sumter, SC to Myrtle Beach in 2003. My husband Damon was teaching and coaching. Same thing he did in Sumter. A brand new school opened and he was… Read More

Justice for Jordan: A Mother’s Story

Nicole Carter gave birth to Jordan in a Tennessee hospital in 2005. As the result of a medical error, he developed cerebral palsy. I’m a single mom with three kids. Jordan is my youngest. Since I have diabetes, I was going to a specialty clinic for… Read More

Labor and Delivery Nurses are Vital to Ensuring a Safe Delivery

In many ways, the most important day in our lives is the day we are born. Labor and delivery nurses play a vital role in ensuring that mother and baby get through safely. They are the first line of defense in avoiding preventable birth injuries, including… Read More

Birth Timing a Factor in Cerebral Palsy

According to a major new research study, if a baby is delivered early or late, it increases the odds that the infant will develop cerebral palsy (CP). Although premature birth has long been known as a factor in cerebral palsy, this is the first study… Read More

Was My Child’s CP Preventable? 12 Questions to Ask

Medical negligence is well documented as a cause of serious birth injury. Much of this negligence is in the form of avoidable delays in delivering babies who aren’t getting enough oxygen during the labor and delivery process. While we don’t know how… Read More

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