A baby who has suffered birth asphyxia may later be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy but it is important to note that only a small percentage of children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which is a result of an injury sustained at birth.

Cerebral Palsy, quite literally, means brain illness, which is a loose term which covers a range of conditions. Children who have Cerebral Palsy as a result of birth asphyxia tend to have an injury of a particular kind. There is almost always physical injury such as not being able to move their arms, or not being able to stop them moving, and there are usually mental impairments too.

These children, who may have suffered catastrophic injury, will, in most cases, need a lifetime of support and may well never be able to live independently.