What Is A Birth Injury?

A birth injury is an injury your baby sustains during labor or delivery. These injuries may affect your baby’s bone structure, vital organs, or nerve centers such as the brain, heart or skull, and might significantly impact emotional, physical and cognitive development. Many babies sustain minor injuries during birth that resolve without treatment. However, serious injuries can lead to brain damage, severe nerve damage, physical impairments, or possibly even death.

Symptoms of Birth Injuries

Some symptoms of birth injuries are readily apparent while others may develop slowly over time. You might notice symptoms immediately such as:

  • Improper breathing
  • Limpness
  • Seizures
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Abrasions

Symptoms that may become apparent over time include:

  • Impaired motor skills
  • Impaired muscle coordination
  • Impaired development
  • Impaired flexibility
  • Impaired visual and auditory perception