The third week of October marks Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week.

Those of us in the local community of individuals and families affected by brachial plexus injuries implore you to join us in the effort to educate the public about infants injured at birth or others affected by traumatic brachial plexus injuries

Erb’s Palsy, also known as brachial plexus palsy, is an injury to the network of brachial plexus nerves that feed provide control to the arms and shoulders.

This neck/upper chest injury can result in the loss of movement and feeling in the arms, hands and fingers.

While it is not uncommon for complications to arise during the childbirth process, how a healthcare provider like a doctor, nurse, or midwife responds to the birth complications can be crucial to a newborn’s long term health.

The infographic below explains the proper response of a healthcare provider before, during, or after delivery of an infant with an Erb’s Palsy injury.