Neonatal nerve palsies: a contemporary obstetric perspective

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Daren J Roberts
John M Svigos


Birth Trauma, Iatrogenic, Medico-Legal, Aetiology


Background: Birth trauma and its often incorrect inference of iatrogenic causation has led to unfortunate implications for the affected child, the parents, the obstetrician and the midwife due to unwarranted medico-legal attention in our current litigious society. A more discerning evaluation of neonatal nerve palsies following labour and delivery has led to a better understanding of their aetiology with potentially more appropriate outcomes for all parties involved.

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