The misleading article published in Obstetrics and Gynecology claims that C-section delivery does not help prevent oxygen deprivation and resultant cerebral palsy.
Forceps delivery can cause severe injury and death in a baby. Thus, physicians must be skilled in the use of forceps, as well as C-section delivery.
Despite recognizing that a mother has a large baby – a significant risk factor for CPD – physicians fail to prepare for a C-section, they force a vaginal birth, and the baby dies from traumatic birth injuries.
Plea for immediate surgery on a girl with Erb’s palsy emphasizes the importance of early recognition and treatment of severe Erb’s palsy: if surgery doesn’t occur by 9 months, the arm will likely be paralyzed.