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For the second year in a row the U.S. receives a D on the March of Dimes Report Card for premature births.
Prematurity leads to many health conditions such as cerebral palsy. November is prematurity awareness month.
The video below discusses how the grading was performed, how individual States graded and improvements made over last year. The video also touches on the risk factors and health risks involved with children being born prematurity.
(the video starts at 38 seconds.)
November is Premature Awareness month. Being born early puts children at risk for developing many conditions including cerebral palsy.
When a child is born prematurely often their lungs may not be fully developed. This lack of pulmonary maturity can be very dangerous for the child.
Often, a delivery may have been prevented / delayed or medications should have been administered to help the child develop more rapidly. Failing to adhere to these standards of care may constitute medical malpractice.
To learn more about Prematurity Awareness Month please visit the March of Dimes website.
The video bellow id provided by the March of Dimes.
I have written in the past of David Sexton’s articles in the New York Times pertaining to his son’s cerebral palsy. This week David writes about going to a family wedding and discussing his child’s condition for the first time with family and friends.
As with his stories in the past David writes candidly about his life and the broad spectrum of emotions that he faces as he raises a child with cerebral palsy.
Here is a link to the article and to see David Sexton’s previous essay’s type in “David Sexton” in the search box of this blog.
Last month a New York Jury delivered a $77 million dollar verdict for a child that suffered a lack of oxygen at birth that allegedly caused the child to develop cerebral palsy.
The lawsuit alleged that after noticing signs of fetal distress the doctors and hospital staff attempted a vaginal delivery rather than performing a c-section. According to the lawsuit his delay caused the child to suffer brain damage.
This is an interesting article I found on a student athlete from Iowa. The athlete is Adrian Clayborn. Adrian is now an able bodied 6-3 and 283 pound defensive end. Even at birth he was big weighing 11lbs 3oz.
Adrian’s size now works for him; however, during his birth it may have been a disadvantage. During birth large baby’s run the risk of getting stuck in the birth canal, a condition known as shoulder dystocia.
Shoulder dystocia is a very dangerous condition that can lead to an injury called Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus palsy. Erb’s palsy is caused by the stretching or tearing of a group of nerves in shoulder called the brachial plexus.
In fact, at birth Adrian Cayborn sustained this injury which causes numbness and/or loss of function in one or both arms.
Erb’s palsy is almost always preventable. To learn more about erb’s palsy / brachial plexus palsy as well as how a doctors negligence may have led to your child’s injury please visit our website or type erbs palsy in the search box of my blog.
Here is a link to the article featuring Adrian Clayborn.
Here is another more in-depth look at the progress made Chloe Levin. As I stated in my previous post Chloe Levin was born with cerebral palsy and underwent a cord blood transfusion. The video explains the process and shows Chloe’s progress.
If you would like more information on cord blood stem cells please see some of my previous post on the topic by typing “stem cells” in the search box of this blog.
The video below is a news clip of Chloe Levine. Chloe Levine was born with cerebral palsy which affected her motor skills.
Chloe’s parents banked her own cord blood and used it to treat her condition. This video shows
Chloe before and after the cord blood stem cells were used to treat her cerebral palsy.
As you can see there has been tremendous progress made!!
The following video discusses the potential benefits of cooling treatment on children that have suffered a lack of oxygen at birth. Cooling the child’s brain after a lack of oxygen occurs is believed to mitigate brain damage and cerebral palsy.
The video below discusses preeclampsia the warning signs symptoms and risks.
Preeclampsia can be very dangerous is not handled properly. It can lead to a placental abruption. A placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall.
When this occurs the child may be deprived of oxygen which can result in the child developing cerebral palsy.