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Are babies likely to have CP if difficult labor?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Not necessarily

CP is often blamed erroneously on the OB and has given rise to the common use of caesarean.
Brain damage is an unfortunate complication of difficult labor but it is relatively uncommon in today's handling by the ob.

In brief: Not necessarily

CP is often blamed erroneously on the OB and has given rise to the common use of caesarean.
Brain damage is an unfortunate complication of difficult labor but it is relatively uncommon in today's handling by the ob.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Cases are unique

Nelson et al published a review of over 50,000 births in the late 70's that showed more than half of kids with CP signs at age 7 had a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery.
That said, we always worry about any kid having distress in labor or delivery. Great strides in their care have likely improved outcomes. We seldom find a definite reason when CP appears.

In brief: Cases are unique

Nelson et al published a review of over 50,000 births in the late 70's that showed more than half of kids with CP signs at age 7 had a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery.
That said, we always worry about any kid having distress in labor or delivery. Great strides in their care have likely improved outcomes. We seldom find a definite reason when CP appears.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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