Birth asphyxia is a scary term to hear from your health professional. According to the Mayo Clinic, it means “lack of oxygen to the brain related to difficult labor or delivery.” When this occurs, it must be responded to promptly and accurately to prevent a birth injury. Failure to respond appropriately is medical negligence.
Birth asphyxia can cause brain injuries that lead to cerebral palsy (CP). You may ask, what is cerebral palsy? It is the most common crippling disease among children. One of the most common cerebral palsy causes is when lack of oxygen to the brain leads to brain damage. Statistics show that about 70 percent of CP cases result from birth injuries. The disorder disrupts communication between brain and body. Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that birth asphyxia causes 10 percent of all CP cases.
Causes of Birth Asphyxia
Some causes of birth asphyxia are:
- Improper care or medical negligence by medical professionals
- Low iron in the mother’s blood (anemia)
- Reduction of blood flow between mother and baby
- Umbilical cord compression during birth
- Problems in the placenta (organ in the womb that nourishes the unborn baby)
- Delivery complications that aren’t promptly or properly responded to
- Mother’s sedation during delivery
- Low birth weight (premature babies weighing less than 3-1/3 pounds are up to 30 times more likely to suffer a brain injury and develop cerebral palsy than full-term babies)
Help is Available
Birth asphyxia is also known as perinatal asphyxia and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). If you heard any of these terms spoken by one of your medical professionals, call Sokolove Law today. A birth injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you will need to pay for the many costs of caring for your child with CP. Even if your baby has not been diagnosed with CP but you have questions, call today.