Erb’s palsy is a condition caused by nerve damage around the shoulder, or brachial plexus, and usually occurs during a difficult childbirth. These nerves can be injured due to shoulder dystocia (when a baby’s shoulder gets caught on mother’s pubic bone during delivery), excessive pulling on the head and shoulders, and during a breech birth—also known as a feet first birth.
There are times when a health care worker may not perform up to the standard of care, and this is considered medical malpractice. This can occur during pregnancy and birth, which can cause permanent problems for your child.
Birth injuries can occur because of the negligence on the part of a nurse, doctor or other medical worker. Often, these mistakes are avoidable and occur because of the following:
Pitocin is a drug commonly used to induce or speed up labor. It is a synthesized form of a hormone that is naturally produced by a woman’s body when she goes into labor. When administered, it is supposed to result in uterine contractions to assist in the labor process. Unfortunately, it does not come without risk of harm to a baby.
An Allentown, Pennsylvania obstetrician continued with a natural childbirth despite complications which caused a newborn to be deprived of oxygen for more than three minutes. Chloe McCarthy, now four years old, suffered cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders stemming from the birth injury.
Rebecca Fielding remembered screaming aloud because it was taking so long for her to get a C-section to deliver her baby at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. She went to the hospital after her baby got stuck following an attempt to give birth at home using a midwife. She was told while waiting that doctors were awaiting blood tests, but the waiting continued for two hours. During the wait, her baby, Enzo, was deprived of oxygen and suffered cerebral palsy. Today Enzo is unable to speak or walk or even sit up on his own.