Birth Injury Facts and Figures
Birth injury statistics are simply the numbers behind a tragic problem. Learning that 7 babies out of 1000 will suffer a birth injury such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy does not lessen the pain of hearing that your baby was affected. However, learning the statistics can help you put the issues into perspective.
How birth injuries affect your child depends on several factors, such as the location and severity of the injury and when your child was born.
While these statistics may make you feel concerned about the prevalence of birth injuries, it is important to know that there are resources available. Medical assistance can help heal or manage symptoms of a birth injury. Consulting an experienced legal firm may allow your family to receive financial assistance to cover the costs of caring for your child.
Cerebral Palsy Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 10 percent of all babies born in the U.S. were born preterm in 2017. The fragile nature of premature babies puts them at a higher risk of birth injuries. For example, babies who are born premature (weighing less than 3 ⅓ pounds) are up to 30 times more likely to develop cerebral palsy.
Less than 10 percent of brain injuries that result in cerebral palsy are caused by asphyxia, according to reports from American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In fact, around 10 percent of children with cerebral palsy acquire it after birth due to brain injuries that occur during the first two years of life.