Brachial plexus palsy, also called Erb’s palsy, is a condition that happens by mistake during delivery.
When your unborn child’s shoulder was stuck behind the pubic bone – a condition called shoulder dystocia – your doctor’s job was to safely dislodge the shoulder. Too much pressure or pulling too hard can tear a newborn’s brachial plexus nerves out of the root and cause this permanent condition.
Shoulder dystocia often occurs when a large infant – called a macrosomic baby – is too big to deliver normally. Physicians can predict a macrosomic baby by measuring the baby in utero with an ultrasound, by feeling the mother’s belly, or with an internal exam. Once discovered, physicians may recommend a Cesarean section birth to prevent injury to both the mother and the baby.
Doing the Right Thing
In the unlikely event that the child’s size isn’t discovered until labor has begun, there are still options to safely deliver the baby. These include the McRoberts Maneuver, the Woods Corkscrew, and suprapubic pressure. The birth maneuvers are widely known and have been in use for decades to avoid shoulder dystocia. The question is why they weren’t used or were used improperly.
What to Do Next
Your baby’s condition could have been prevented if the medical experts had paid closer attention and acted diligently to prevent injury. Our PA brachial plexus palsy team has been down this road before, and they can help you plan for the future.
Call Larry Cohan today, even if you’re unsure of the magnitude of your baby’s injury. Your family will thank you for it.
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