One of the major risk factors for cerebral palsy (CP) is damage to the brain’s white matter. In preterm infants, white matter damage often stems from asphyxia (oxygen deprivation), but in term infants the cause of damage may occasionally be difficult to determine. However, new research by Arne Jensen and Bert Holmer, published in Obstetrics…
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.