Canadian Birth Injury Law Blog

Here on the Canadian Birth Injury Law Blog, BILA members share answers to common questions about birth trauma and the legal issues that can arise from this type of injury. Have a question or topic you would like us to address? Please let us know!

Therapeutic Hypothermia for the Newborn with HIE

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a significant cause of mortality and long-term disability in late preterm and term infants.  The risk of disability and cognitive impairment is correlated with the severity of HIE. The idea that mild cooling might be beneficial in these circumstances to decrease mortality and long term neurodevelopmental disabilities has been considered […]

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What Are the Stages of Labour?

What are the Stages of Labour? The experience of childbirth is one that is both unique and commonplace. Emotionally and physically, women can have very different experiences. For example, the amount of time involved in each step is different for each woman and for each pregnancy. However, for women who undergo a normal vaginal delivery, […]

What are the adaptive equipment, transportation, and housing needs that can be sought in a birth injury claim?

A birth injury lawsuit can provide the opportunity to seek financial compensation to address the future needs of caring for a child who has suffered life altering injuries.  Children with cerebral palsy, for example, will have significant lifelong needs that in most instances are inadequately compensated for through public sources.  As the child grows and […]


This is the third in a series of three articles about how medical experts determine when a newborn brain injury occurred.  The first article in this series dealt with neuroimaging.  The second discussed cord blood gas analysis. A newborn with signs of neurologic injury can suffer that injury any time during pregnancy, during labour and […]

A Letter to Moms of Children with Cerebral Palsy

If you are a mom, you have likely experienced “mom guilt” at one point or another. As a working mother, I have had my fair share. The more I speak with other mothers, the more I realize that it is an almost universal feeling. It is rarely rational and logical, but that feeling remains, all […]