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Brachial plexus is a common birth injury

Our New Jersey readers, as well as those in other parts of the United States, are aware that mistakes can be made during the delivery of a baby. As a result, these mistakes can have a negative impact on the health of the child and/or the mother.

Brachial plexus is one of the most common types of birth injuries. While it is not nearly as common as it was in the past, it is still a concern among parents.

Brachial plexus is an injury that results in weakness of the arm or loss of movement. This happens when the nerves around the shoulder, known as the brachial plexus, are damaged during the birth process.

There are many reasons why the nerves can be injured during delivery, including but not limited to the following:

-- Pressure on the infant's raised arm during a breech delivery

-- Pulling on the infant's shoulders in the event of a head first delivery

-- The head and neck pulling toward the side as the shoulders make their way through the birth canal

With the advancement of delivery techniques, brachial plexus is less common. However, there are still times when the injury occurs, such as if a doctor makes an error during delivery.

Most parents become aware of the many types of birth injury, especially as the delivery date closes in.

To protect against birth injuries, such as brachial plexus, many people take the time to search for the best doctor.

If an infant is injured during birth, leading to this type of injury, for example, the parents may wish to learn more about their legal rights.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, "Brachial plexus injury in newborns" Nov. 17, 2014

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