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New Study Sheds Light on Brachial Plexus Injuries and First-Time Mothers

New Study Sheds Light on Brachial Plexus Injuries and First-Time Mothers

Published in the Journal of Perinatology in January 2016, researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston studied the relationship between infant brachial plexus injuries and parity. Analyzing 78 such injuries that occurred between October 2003 and March 2013, researchers found that 91% of brachial plexus injuries occurred after a vaginal delivery, with 58% of those occurring in women who had previously given birth vaginally. Birth weight was another factor the researchers considered, as infants born to mothers who had multiple children were an average of 1.25 lbs. heavier than their older siblings at birth—a substantial difference, the researchers noted, that healthcare providers often underestimate, thus contributing to the threat of a brachial plexus injury. The research team concluded that brachial plexus injuries were just as common in new mothers as those who had previously given birth, and cautioned healthcare professionals from assuming that mothers who had previously delivered vaginally are exempt from the risk.

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