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Understanding Prolonged Labor and Its Link to Cerebral Palsy

Understanding Prolonged Labor and Its Link to Cerebral Palsy

What is Prolonged Labor?
Prolonged labor, simply put, is when the birthing process takes longer than expected. While every labor is unique, prolonged labor may increase the pressure and decrease oxygen supply for the baby during birth.

The Link to Cerebral Palsy:
Cerebral palsy is a group of movement and posture disorders often linked to disruptions in brain development. Prolonged labor can contribute to this risk because the extended pressure and reduced oxygen may impact the baby’s developing brain.

statistics showing cerebral palsy affects 2 to 3 babies in every 1000

Why It Matters:
Early recognition and timely intervention are crucial. Healthcare providers closely monitor labor to identify signs of prolonged labor, allowing for necessary interventions to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby.

Promoting Maternal Health:
Prioritizing maternal health is key to reducing the risks associated with prolonged labor. Regular check-ups, open communication with healthcare providers, and prompt interventions can significantly contribute to a healthier start for both mom and baby.

Understanding the link between prolonged labor and cerebral palsy empowers expecting parents to advocate for their well-being during pregnancy and childbirth.

This is why our Birth Preparation package addresses what to expect during labour and delivery in a bid to educate and empower pregnant women. It’s also essential for healthcare providers to monitor labor progress closely and take timely interventions when necessary. This way, we can reduce the risk of complications and promote a healthier start for both mothers and their babies. 💙🤰

Featured Image: Courtesy Birth Injury Guide

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