When it comes to our children’s health, understanding the potential risks and complications during pregnancy and childbirth is crucial. An acquired brain injury (ABI) can occur because of events during pregnancy or birth and may have life-long consequences for both children and their families. This blog will explore ABI concerning birth injury and pregnancy, focusing on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Non-Traumatic Brain Injury (NTBI).
Acquired Brain Injury: An Overview
ABI comprises both Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Non-Traumatic Brain Injury (NTBI) with the severity of these injuries ranging from mild to severe. Such injuries can affect an individual’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning. Although some brain injuries result from sudden illnesses or accidents, others arise during pregnancy or childbirth due to medical negligence.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
TBI results from external forces impacting the head. During pregnancy or childbirth, these forces may include the use of forceps or vacuum extraction, a difficult delivery or trauma during a caesarean section.
Non-Traumatic Brain Injury (NTBI)
NTBI occurs due to internal factors such as illness, oxygen deprivation or metabolic disorders. Examples of events leading to NTBI during pregnancy or childbirth include:
- Perinatal infections
- Placental abruption
- Conditions involving the umbilical cord
How can childbirth brain injury affect my child?
Brain injuries can range in severity from being treatable to having long-term or fatal implications. Some of the conditions that occur as a result of a brain injury include:
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioural issues
- Cerebral palsy
Medical Negligence Specialists: How We Can Help
When a child suffers an ABI due to medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, it can be a
devastating experience for parents. Our experienced medical negligence specialists can provide expert advice and guidance if you or a loved one has been affected. When things don’t go right, we are here to get you the answers you deserve.