Cerebral Palsy Caused by Labor and Delivery Mistakes

Cerebral Palsy Caused by Labor and Delivery Birth Injuries: Bend Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney


Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious types of birth injuries which can cause very severe, permanent, and debilitating injuries to a newborn.  This can also be one of the most expensive medical mistakes for a family, with estimated costs of healthcare for a victim with severe cerebral palsy to be over a million dollars over the lifetime of the child.  While cerebral palsy can be caused by a lot of factors, including genetics and even a normal, uncomplicated birth, sometimes cerebral palsy can be caused by the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider.


In order to determine whether a healthcare provider caused or contributed to your loved one’s cerebral palsy, there are several aspects of the labor and delivery process to review.  The most important consideration is to determine oxygen intake or deprivation during the labor and delivery process.


Cerebral Palsy is About Oxygen:  Follow the Oxygen Flow


Oxygen deprivation is believed to be the leading cause of cerebral palsy, more than genetic abnormalities or developmental miscues.  In any birth where a baby has cerebral palsy, reviewing incidents where oxygen may have been limited or deprived may demonstrate how cerebral palsy may have been caused.  Some common ways that oxygen deprivation occurs in a newborn during the labor and delivery process includes the following:


  • Ruptured umbilical cord;
  • Excessive contractions;
  • Improper positioning;
  • Breech (feet first) delivery;
  • Failing to clear the airway;
  • Extended labor;
  • Delayed c-section; and
  • Many other causes.


When oxygen deprivation occurs during the labor and delivery of a newborn, it is likely to result in some type of birth injury—particularly cerebral palsy.


Factors that Increase the Chances of Cerebral Palsy Due to a Birth Injury


There are some factors that may contribute to the chances of causing oxygen deprivation which are cause due to Oregon medical malpractice.  These factors include the following:


  • Attempting to delivery a baby too large for the birth canal;
  • Not ordering a c-section;
  • Understaffed labor and delivery departments;
  • Improperly setting up the fetal monitoring probe;
  • Misreading fetal monitoring strips;
  • Untrained nurses or physician staff;
  • Neglecting a patient;
  • Administering medications that induce labor too early; and
  • Many other cases.


In fact, of these factors to consider, the fetal monitoring strips are the most important to be aware of and keep track of.  The fetal monitoring strips monitor both the baby and the mother’s contractions.  The strips create a graph of moments of contractions and no contractions.  The are accelerations and decelerations, which cause pressure on the umbilical cord and limit oxygen flow to the baby.  Thus, reading what the fetal monitoring strips are indicating will be key to determine whether the newborn had a lack of oxygen during the labor process.


Cerebral Palsy Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice


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