In order to better understand the brain’s need for oxygen, we will go over a few scientific distinctions. Cerebral Hypoxia is a reduced flow of oxygen to the brain while Cerebral Anoxia is the complete absence of oxygen to the brain. Oxygen is of course vital for proper brain function; these conditions can cause brain injury during the birthing process.

Causes of lack of oxygen to the brain during birth include, but are not limited to

  • Insufficient or too much medication
  • Preclampsia and eclampsia
  • Umbilical cord occlusion
  • Distress to mother or fetus
  • Fetus trapped in birth canal
  • Infection
  • Hyper-Contractions

Fortunately, in most cases, babies’ brains are resilient enough to recover from acute and short-term Hypoxia and Anoxia during the birthing process. About ¼ of babies who suffer from hypoxia and anoxia will have permanent damage.

  • Injury to either side of the brain caused by lack of or insufficient oxygen can lead to paralysis.
  • Injury to the left side of the brain can lead to speech and language disabilities.
  • Injury to the right side of the brain can lead to mental health or emotional issues.

Conditions that may develop or present after birth due to a lack of oxygen include, but are not limited to:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Fetal Stroke
  • Poor APGAR scores.

If you think your baby may have been injured during delivery, you must call me immediately.

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Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at or call at 877.944.4373

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Lack of Oxygen During Birth: What to Know
Several conditions may develop due to oxygen deprivation during birth. The cause of oxygen deprivation are discussed as well as types of birth injury related conditions