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Birth Asphyxia or Perinatal Asphyxia

Birth asphyxia or perinatal asphyxia are terms that are used to describe the time period at which the baby suffered the asphyxial injury. Birth asphyxia or perinatal asphyxia generally refers to lack of oxygen close to the time of labor and deliver.

Injuries to the baby’s brain can be caused by lack of oxygen during labor and delivery either by decreased blood flow to the brain, ischemia, or by diminished oxygen content in the blood flowing to the brain, hypoxia. A baby who has suffered from lack of oxygen during labor and delivery may be born with clinical signs of a brain injury. Diagnoses commonly given to baby's who have experienced birth or perinatal asphyxia are “neonatal encephalopathy” and “hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy” or “HIE”.




When a child has suffered an injury related to prenatal care, labor or delivery, it is understandable for the parents to have questions about the injury, their legal rights and the legal rights of the child.  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what has happened to your child and about your legal rights.  Consultations are free – there is no obligation to call and talk with one of our attorneys.  Contact Us if we can help you.

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