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what are the chances of my new baby being born with cerebral palsy, just as a random case?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Quoted risk 5/1000: The basic risk of any pregnancy for unexpected outcome is ~4% which includes the 5/1000 risk of cerebral palsy. If concerned, a detailed review of your family tree and personal health with a geneticist may shed light on your personal risks for specific issues.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Extremely low: Full term infants born with no complications are at very low risk of cerebral palsy. It most commonly occurs in children born prematurely, or where there was a complication during pregnancy or delivery. It can be associated with some genetic defects or other developmental disorders.

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