Part of the investigation process for a case involving an injury, Cerebral Palsy or birth injury or a brain injury, would be to look at the medical records, and specifically the fetal heart monitor strips. During labor, the mother will have this monitor strapped to her belly, and that monitor will record the fetal heart rate.

By looking at those strips we can evaluate whether or not there were signs of stress on the baby. If there are signs of stress on that baby, then the obstetrician often has to take steps to facilitate that delivery or somehow address what’s going on, because prolonged stress or possibly lack of oxygen can cause this type of devastating injury.

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