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  • Causes of Brachial Plexus Injuries

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 19-Aug-2015

    An injury to the brachial plexus can be a devastating, life-changing injury to a child that occurs during birth. To identify these types of injuries, it's first important to examine what the cause of the birth injury is. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that travels from the spinal column, through the neck, and out through the shoulder and into the arms. It essentially functions as a ...
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  • Medical Instruments: How Do They Cause Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 1-Aug-2015

    Recently, the preferred method of expediting the delivery of infants who experience difficulties in labor or at birth has changed. In the past, doctors would sometimes apply medical forceps to assist in "guiding" an infant through a difficult or prolonged labor and birth. However, while the overall rate of operative-assisted vaginal delivery has remained stable over the last ten years, ...
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  • Medical Errors: Don't Get Sick in July!

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 26-Jul-2015

    The "July Effect": New Residents and New Obstacles If you've been feeling under the weather as of late, you may soon be able to breathe a big sigh of relief, according to Nurse Theresa Brown. Citing to two recently published studies in her July 15 New York Times column, Brown, who is an oncology nurse, discusses what has been referred to as the "July Effect" that takes ...
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  • Arrest of Descent and Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 24-Jul-2015

    The Relationship Between CPD/Cord, Head Compression, and Diminished Fetal Oxygen Reserves What is Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)? Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) is a condition that occurs when there is a size discrepancy between the maternal pelvis and the fetal head such that the baby's head is too large to pass through the mother's pelvis. Cephalopelvic disproportion occurs when ...
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  • Recent Research on Pitocin and Tachysystole

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 4-Jul-2015

    Hyperstimulation or tachysystole are terms that define some of the ways that the uterus can be overstimulated during labor. During the process of labor and delivery, a mother will release endogenous oxytocin, which stimulates uterine contractions and helps to progress the process of labor and eventual delivery of a baby. However, in recent years, the use of artificial oxytocin, marketed as " ...
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  • Operative Delivery by Forceps or Vacuum and Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 26-Jun-2015

    Operative Delivery Via Forceps or Vacuum is Linked to Cerebral Palsy The use of devices, such as forceps or a vacuum (known as a "ventouse"), is a common method that doctors use to assist in the process of a difficult delivery. Generally speaking, forceps and vacuums are used to grasp an infant's head when a doctor is having difficulty delivering the child and help gently remove the ...
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  • The Relationship Between Metabolic Acidosis and Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 14-Jan-2015

    When a newborn exhibits certain signs of distress prior to birth, it's important for health care providers to try to determine whether that distress will, in the end, cause problems for a child's development. A troubling fetal heart rate pattern, the presence of meconium at birth, a difficult or protracted labor, overuse of drugs such as oxytocin ( Pitocin ), and the use of instruments ...
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  • The Costs of Accessible Living for Those with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 1-Dec-2014

    Grants Help Some, But Not All Caring for a child with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, carries a number of costs. Some of these costs are recurring: food, medicine, and other consumables must be purchased monthly, and the lifetime cost of this care can be extremely high. However, the immediate costs of items such as accessible housing, wheelchairs, and a vehicle equipped to handle a ...
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  • Hemiplegia Awareness Week - October 15-19

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 15-Oct-2014

    The Definition of and Mechanisms that Cause Hemiplegia The week of October 15 is Hemiplegia Awareness Week, and to help educate, we wanted to do a special blog post about the condition that affects many of our clients and millions worldwide. Hemiplegia is a type of cerebral palsy that affects the nervous system of a child by causing paralysis or limited control of movement on one side of the body. ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy: Origins and Information

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 23-Aug-2014

    Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects, on average, at a rate of about 3 infants per 1000 births. It affects movements, speech, vision, hearing, tone, and other physical and neurological areas of a child's life. The incidents and symptoms of cerebral palsy are ever-present, but it wasn't until Dr. Walter Osner published his landmark paper entitled "The Cerebral Palsies ...
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