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Labor-Related Complications Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oxygen deprivation or asphyxia is one of the primary causes of cerebral palsy. This is a condition in which the brain is deprived of oxygen with possibly long-term consequences, like cerebral palsy.

Asphyxia can occur when there are complications during delivery. One of those common complications involve problem with the umbilical cord. The risk can also be high if there is a prolapsed cord - the baby can choke when the cord tangles around his neck.

Asphyxia can also occur in cases where the mother bleeds heavily during delivery, and in those cases, where the baby's head does not enter the birth canal head- first during labor. In some cases, the baby's head is much too big to enter the birth canal, which causes a prolonged delivery. All of these situations contain a potential risk of oxygen deprivation.

Other labor-related complications can include maternal shock in which the mother suffers heavy bleeding, resulting in fetal distress. Sometimes, the delivery may involve shoulders impeding delivery. These cases can also result in oxygen deprivation.

Often, mistakes during the labor and delivery process are related to negligence on the part of the medical personnel involved. For instance, during a prolonged delivery, the baby needs to be delivered immediately via Cesarean -section. A delayed Cesarean–section must be could expose the baby to the risk of oxygen deprivation. Many labor-related causes of cerebral palsy, in fact, can be prevented.

Labor-related complications during birth are not the biggest cause of cerebral palsy. Other factors play a much bigger role in causing this condition. In fact, birth injury accounts for just 8 percent of cerebral palsy cases. However, these cases are much more preventable than risk factors that involve pregnancy, maternal history, birth defects and other causes of cerebral palsy.

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