Erb’s Palsy or Brachial Plexus Injury
If a baby’s head and/or neck are pulled too hard during labor or delivery, or if the head or neck is twisted or bent too far, damage to the sensitive nerves in the upper spine and neck, known as the brachial plexus, can lead to a condition known as Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus paralysis, leads to paralysis, loss of muscle control or feeling in hands and arms, facial paralysis, an inability to sit up, crawl or use the arms or hands.
If an obstetrician is properly monitoring a pregnancy, the size and position of the baby should be known to the doctor and the medical team on hand. There are several common practices to prevent brachial plexus birth injuries. Rotating the baby while it is still in-utero or performing an episiotomy or a C-section are examples of methods used to prevent this injury from taking place.
If the delivery or labor has resulted in a child suffering from Erb’s palsy, contact Thering, PLLC at 866-996-7123 for a free consultation.