My Cerebral Palsy

Over the last years of my parents’ lives I was able to piece together snippets of why I was born with Cerebral Palsy.

I say snippets because they were reluctant to talk about it. Through very sensitive circumstances when my mother found out she was terminally ill, she opened up about how difficult my birth had been.

It’s usual and common practice for any new mum to give birth through the National Health Service, which is hugely experienced and equipped to deliver babies. I know that in my particular case through a multiple birth, my Cerebral Palsy could have been prevented if I had have been delivered through the NHS, through caesarean section.

I find it sad that society seems to be complacent about the fact that so many babies grow up with Cerebral Palsy, instead of trying to find ways to reduce the number of babies being born with the condition. At the age of 46 when I found out I had Cerebral Palsy, the incidences of babies being born with Cerebral Palsy was still the same from when I was born.

Some 46 years on, there had been no reduction in the number of babies being born with the condition. For all intents and purposes, it has now become part of the giving birth scenario and the world seems to be accepting of that fact.

What the medical profession should be doing is improving their practices, so that they find ways to limit incidences with less babies being born with the condition and this is why I believe we cannot afford to become complacent.


2 Oct, 2014

2 thoughts on “My Cerebral Palsy

  1. I agree with you. I know things can go wrong during the birthing process but you would think they would do things that would prevent CP, maybe prepare better for the birth if they suspect any problems might arise.

    I also think it was wrong for your parents to withhold information from you about your birth. Parents are supposed to be supportive of their children and I think it was important that you found out everything you could about your birth.

    I guess it was that generation. Things were taboo back then and not much was shared about sensitive topics. It was good of you to research and find out that you have CP.

    Most people would just accept the problems without finding out why they had it.

    1. Thanks Lisa. With us just having had Cerebral Palsy Day this post is even more poignant for me. Over the years I have learned to find a place; to understand.

      I think having come this far with the understanding that I have, I feel as though I’ve come full circle in both. I’m not so angry about it. Although there’s nothing I can do to change things, I have my understanding and that is important.

      When we can understand we have the opportunity to move on. I agree with you and you’re right, but sadly that’s the way things were done back then.

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