Many expectant mothers in New York feel some nervousness as childbirth approaches. It is natural to have some concern about the pain, the difficulty and the outcome of labor and delivery, especially if the mother's condition presents risk factors for the baby's birth. Birth injuries can occur at any time during the birth process and are often the result of negligence by the attending physician or other medical staff.
For example, neonatal brachial plexus palsy is a birth injury caused in which nerves are injured during a traumatic delivery. If the child's neck and head are pulled to the side too far or too roughly, the nerves in the shoulder may be damaged. Infants who are larger than average or who are in a breech position are more likely to suffer such injuries although these incidents are less common now with the wider availability of cesarean deliveries.