What are the risk factors for Brachial Plexus injuries?
• gestational diabetes • obesity in the mother • excessive weight gain during pregnancy • macrosomia (a baby weighing more than 4000 grams or approximately 9 lbs.) • a previous large baby • a post-term pregnancy • a small pelvis If your child has brachial plexus palsy that interferes significantly with his or her ability to use the arm or hand, a legal consultation with an attorney could be appropriate. The attorney will review the childbirth records to determine what was done exactly to deliver the child and whether any inappropriate maneuvers were done. If you have video of the birth, that could provide significant evidence of what happened. See this article for an anatomical overview of shoulder dystocia, with a detailed look at a specific example of the condition.