Cerebral Palsy Blog

Cerebral Palsy Blog

Do C-Sections Really Lower the Risk of Developing Cerebral Palsy

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Do C-Sections Really Lower the Risk of Developing Cerebral Palsy? In "Cesarean Delivery and Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis" by Michael O’Callaghan, Ph.D. and Alastair MacLennan, M.D. published in the journal of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the researchers find that delivering children by Cesarean section does not necessarily lower their risk for developing cerebral palsy.

Because the study was a meta-analysis, the researchers focused on research conducted by others. They looked at studies that included more than 3,800 children with cerebral palsy and nearly 1.7 million children who were deemed to be developing normally. Though they conclude that more research is necessary, they found that Cesarean section deliveries do not reduce the risk of cerebral palsy for children who were delivered by c-section whether in emergency situations or as the result of an elective decision.

The research looks at massive amounts of data and concludes that c-sections may not reduce the risk of cerebral palsy. However, no two births are exactly the same and depending on what emergency scenarios arise during delivery, c-sections are certainly an appropriate consideration and may prevent certain birth injuries. This study should, in no way, discourage the use of c-section when appropriate.

Obamacare has Suffered a Public Relations Nightmare

Friday, November 15, 2013

Though Obamacare has Suffered a Public Relations Nightmare, the Arc still Concludes the Affordable Care Act will Benefit People with Mental and Physical Disabilities Even though the Affordable Care Act has been the subject of much controversy and debate over the last several years and the catastrophic performance of the website associated with the law has fueled the opposition, the Arc still affirms that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide benefits to people with mental and physical disabilities including those with cerebral palsy. The Arc is an organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as people who are autistic or who have cerebral palsy. They have been one of the most active advocacy organizations in the United States for more than 60 years.

About the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), they write on one of their web pages that the ACA "is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It will bring about comprehensive reforms that will benefit Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination based on health status and improving access to care."

As further evidence of their support, they provide an in-depth report and a one page tip sheet that includes a list of talking points and research to help the public advocate for the new law. Many in the American public have been vociferously opposed to the law and have obtained increased evidence of its potential faults after the website debacle. However, the Arc seems to have been an advocate from the start and has not altered their position despite the troubles President Obama's signature legislation has suffered.