Spastic cerebral palsy is characterized as damage to the brain's motor cortex that causes increased muscle tone, stiff joints, and jerky movements. This condition prevents normal development of motor function. It is often caused by a lack of oxygen in a child's brain during birth. Excessive uterine activity, such as too strong or too frequent contractions, affects the amount of oxygen that reaches the baby's brain. If the excessive uterine activity is prolonged, the baby can develop hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a type of brain damage that occurs when the baby's brain doesn't receive enough oxygen during birth. HIE is an often-preventable birth injury, and often stems from improper contraction monitoring and lack of intervention from nurses and doctors when the baby is in distress. It can have devastating, lifelong effects, such as spastic cerebral palsy. Spastic cerebral palsy can develop from HIE.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been unable to come to an easy conclusion regarding how much of a disabled North Carolina girl's medical malpractice award may be claimed by the state.
A new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that the influenza vaccine does not contribute to an increased risk of major birth defects. The study found that about 2 percent of women who received a flu shot had children with serious birth injuries, matching the results for women who did not receive the vaccination.