By Dr. David Yashon, MD, FACS, FRCS, Professor of Neurosurgery, Ohio State University
The birthing process can be a very traumatic procedure for both mother and child. This is why we believe it is imperative that both mother and child are checked as soon as possible.
In Chapter 18, "Birth Injury" comments that it is possible that spinal cord injury as birth is more common than has beent thought. Dr. Yashon specifically delineates excessive longitudinal traction, especially when combined with flexion and torsion of the spinal axis as a cause of spinal injury at birth. He also reports that spinal injury should be considered in the presence of neonatal distress, apnea, and flacidity.