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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local mom is making it her mission to educate expectant parents and doctors about the dangers of birth injuries. After a painful, physically damaging birth experience when having her first child, the experience is one she doesn’t want other women to face.

Jessica Gann’s son, Jacob, suffered shoulder dystocia during deliver. It’s a brachial plexus Injury. If these words sound big and unfamiliar, it’s because they are. People rarely discuss the possibility of these birth injuries until it’s too late.

See her interview to learn what questions you should ask doctors while pregnant. Then, if you’re interested you can sign the petition she’s pushing to raise awareness about Brachial Plexus Injury.






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2015 years 8 months ago

problem avoided.

Mom of BPI
2015 years 8 months ago

It’s a lot more complicated to have a c-section than it is to get off your back for a delivery. Like this mother I had a very normal and healthy pregnancy–even lost weight during the process–however my OB went against my wishes to give birth on my knees or in a squat position and made me give birth on my back…and induced me using pitocin–again against my birth plan wishes. Now my son has BPI. If my OB had listened and allowed for me to give birth on my knees and had they not rushed the process along then my big guy may not have gotten stuck–I’ll be pushing for a ‘get off your back’ campaign in my community and educating people about this injury.

2015 years 8 months ago

Ultimately, doctors should be trained in the methods to release a “stuck” baby. But..parents need to educate themselves too. ALL interventions, from routine unneccessary monitoring -which means Mom is on her back-not the best position to deliver a baby-to epidurals increase the risk factor hugely, this is not rocket science and is very well documented. The single thing any mother can do to prevent this injury is NOT to labour on her back, all fours increases the size of the birth cavity by up to one third, refuse interventions unless they are medically necessary -this includes induced births, often carried out for convenience and again a major risk factor. Educate yourself!

2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you for helping increase awareness

2015 years 8 months ago

Here is an article on Shoulder Dystocia-hope this helps.
Shoulder dystocia occurs in approximately one half of one percent of all deliveries. Given that there are 4 million babies born each year in the United States, this delivery complication will be experienced by roughly 20,000 women a year. The larger the baby, the more likely it is to occur. However, even with very large babies shoulder dystocia occurs only occasionally and sporadically. Therefore a physician never knows when it will be encountered.


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