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Artificially inducing labor at week 37 may lower cerebral palsy risk

Posted on March 21, 2015 12:51 pm under Medical Malpractice

A recently conducted study of 770,926 live births in a 13-year period suggests cerebral palsy and other life-threatening birth injuries could be reduced by inducing a mother’s pregnancy at 37 weeks, the Sunday Express reported.

The research, which was published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, showed that artificially inducing labor at 37 weeks reduced the mortality rate from 1.9 to 1 per 1,000 births. The study further found that artificially inducing labor decreased the risk of cerebral palsy by 26%, while cerebral palsy-causing asphyxia among babies was trimmed by 23%. Typically, doctors suggest artificially inducing labor at weeks 41 or 42, when the baby is overdue.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our legal team is aware that many Wisconsin families suffer from the financial and emotional repercussions of cerebral palsy caused by a negligent medical practitioner. To learn how you might be able to hold the practitioner, staff, or facility responsible for all the damages you have incurred, consult with our team by calling (414) 271-0900 today.