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Old 10-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Risks Associated with Shoulder Dystocia-Brachial Plexus Injuries

Thought I'd post this on this forum too, as some of us are always giving birth.


This week is Brachial Plexus Awareness Week. Brachial Plexus injuries often happen at birth as a result of a shoulder dystocia. When babies become stuck, they are often pulled on and that can injure a group of nerves (or two groups) called the brachial plexus. Those nerves groups are responsible for movement of both arms (one group moves one arm). When the nerves are damaged, this disability has occured. The injury can lead to lifelong therapies, surgeries, and limited movement of the arm, wrist, and fingers. It is a life-changing injury and one that most have never heard of (as was my case until it happened to my son).

In honor of this week, I am posting a video link to a montage I made for my son on his 2nd birthday. He is now 5 years old and has gone through more years of therapies and hard work, with many ups and downs. ETA: God chose to intervene and save my son's life and we are thankful. He chose not to intervene in his birth injury or issues from lack of oxygen and we trust that good has and will come from that journey. My son is having a difficult and challenging month as he is in a very intense everyday therapy program. He is being stretched physically and emotionally and if you would lift him up in prayer during this week of Brachial Plexus Awareness, I would be honored.

To watch the video and one infants's 2 year journey with this injury:

Please be informed about your risks of experiencing shoulder dystocia and do your best to minimize those. Talk with your care provider about their experience with this and how they are trained to deal with the emergency to do their best to prevent this lifelong injury.
To learn more about your risks visit:

For those of you who's infants were recently injured and you are lost and feel alone and unsure of where to go, there are wonderful Brachial Plexus Centers out there. They specialize in ways to give your baby the care they need and the hope of having the most movement they can. Some of those Centers are listed in links below:

Blessings, A Brachial Plexus Mama
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