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Important basics about cerebral palsy, part 1

When a family is expecting a child, there is often just as much worry as there is excitement. Welcoming a child into the world brings great joy, but there are also risks associated with childbirth and issues that no parent would hope that they or their child would face.

Among stressful issues is the medical condition known as cerebral palsy. Cerebralpalsy.org notes how the condition is the most common motor disability among children. While some cases of the condition cannot be explained and perhaps may not have been prevented, there are other cases of cerebral palsy that unfortunately could have been avoided.

Resources suggest how cerebral palsy prevention requires action from various parties, including parents, researchers, the government, and the medical community. This post discusses what the medical community is expected to do to reduce the risk of a child being born with cerebral palsy. 

Your doctor should have the best interests of not just you but your child in mind during your pregnancy, during delivery, and after delivery. Proper prenatal care can reduce the risk of cerebral palsy. First off, your doctor should evaluate your pregnancy on its individual circumstances. All pregnancies are not the same. Parents have different genetic factors and different health issues to consider during prenatal care. Depending on individual factors, doctors should run certain tests, treat certain conditions, and educate parents about certain risk factors. 

Of course, parents also play a partial role in this aspect of cerebral palsy prevention. A doctor might not know parents' health histories if the patient is not aware, honest, or vocal about them. Therefore, patients need to educate themselves about their own family histories and be open with their doctors. 

This is just one of various posts about cerebral palsy to come. Future posts will discuss more about how to prevent doctor errors from leading to birth injuries that cause the disability. We will also discuss signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy, more about overall prevention, and the cost of care for the condition. 

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