What Is Birth Asphyxia and How Does It Occur?

Posted on December 25, 2015 at 11:04am by

A real MRI/ MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram) of the brain vasculature (arteries) in monochromeBirth injuries, even if they seem minor, can cause a lifetime of difficulty. Brain damage, paralysis, or even death are not uncommon results of birth injuries. One of the more common forms of birth injury is birth asphyxia, sometimes called perinatal asphyxia.

What Is Birth Asphyxia?

Birth asphyxia occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen during or before birth. This typically happens when the baby’s umbilical cord is pinched due to a physician being unaware of its location, or in worse cases, medical malpractice.

Birth asphyxia causes hypoxia or anoxia. Hypoxia and anoxia refer to how much oxygen is in the brain. Hypoxia means there is a low level of oxygen, and anoxia means there is none. Both are very dangerous and can lead to permanent disability or death.

What Are the Risks of Birth Asphyxia?

Perinatal asphyxia could cause very severe injury. If your baby stops breathing even for a few seconds, it could lead to hypoxia or anoxia. That oxygen deprivation may cause permanent brain damage such as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), seizures, cognitive disabilities, or cerebral palsy, all of which would affect your child for the rest of their lives.

How Can I Take Care of My Baby with Birth Asphyxia?

If you suspect your child suffered from asphyxia during birth, the first step is to have your baby tested immediately. Brain injuries are very serious and can easily get much worse if left untreated.

Children that suffer from a birth injury often require years to recover, and in some cases never will. These children will likely need to make regular trips to a specialist doctor, which can cost an exorbitant amount of money over a lifetime.

In cases where negligence is to blame for your child’s birth injury, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the responsible doctors, the hospital, and the healthcare system for damages. With the assistance of an experienced birth injury lawyer, some parents are able to get enough money to cover medical expenses and ensure their child is able to live the best life possible.

Donald G. Targan & Associates. is a personal injury law firm that helps clients throughout New Jersey, including Avalon, Cape May and Somers Point.


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