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Cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to a set of neurological conditions (conditions that affect the brain and nervous system). These conditions affect a child’s movement and coordination. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage sustained to the brain. This damage may occur before, during, or after birth. A brain injury caused by a birth trauma, lack of oxygen, jaundice or an infection can lead to Cerebral Palsy. Each case of Cerebral Palsy is different depending on the nature of the brain injury. It can affect a child’s development in several ways, including muscle control, balance, motor skills and cognition. Often a child’s needs become more apparent as they develop. There are a number of different types of treatment and support networks available for children living with cerebral palsy and their families.

Support organisations and charities

Cerebral Palsy Cymru is a national centre of excellence and charity for families in Wales with children who have cerebral palsy. Our specialist team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists work together to offer transdisciplinary skills, so each child, benefits from their combined expertise. Our family support service offers a listening ear, advice and support. We share our knowledge and skills through collaborative working, course, national and international conferences.

Our primary focus is our early intervention service ‘Better Start, Better Future’, for babies who have, or are at risk of having cerebral palsy. Our approach to early intervention is parent/carer-led, individualised, and holistic. It places families at the centre of their child’s care, recognising their expertise with their baby.

Research shows that the brain is at its most plastic and adaptable during the first 2 years of life. Therefore, this is an important window of opportunity for families and their infants at high risk of cerebral palsy for specialist intervention. Future outcomes for babies are maximised when intervention begins as early as possible and considers the whole family.

The main aim of our intervention is to promote the baby’s own activity and participation, supporting them to reach their full potential not just in terms of their mobility, but also early learning and communication.

Support organisations and charities

Based in Wales

Some babies can experience profound and severe consequences following a birth injury. Sadly for some, this may mean they will have short lives.

If you have been told that your baby is unlikely to live into adulthood, we under the deep sense of grief and uncertainty that this will bring.
Tŷ Hafan provides essential support to help you navigate this uncertainty and distress. You do not have to go through this journey alone.

We can provide you and your family with practical and emotional support whenever you need it and for however long you need it, including a wide range of therapies designed to enhance your child’s wellbeing. Our focus is always on what your child can do, rather than what they are unable to do, to help you make the most out of the precious time you have together.

If your baby or child becomes seriously unwell, we may be able to offer a tranquil place of care for you all. We have a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist who can guide you through our services and identify how we can best support you.

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Brain Damage

Brain damage can be caused by a birth injury to the baby’s head during labour, an infection, lack of oxygen to the foetus and jaundice.

Maternal mental health

Many women will seek help for their child who might have suffered an injury but often forget the importance of their mental health.

Support for families

Witnessing a traumatic birth or living with a birth injury can have a devastating effect on partners, siblings, and other family members.

Legal advice.

The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Sadly, when negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for parents and the wider family.

If you believe that you have a birth injury negligence claim in relation to any wrong or mistreatment you received during birth, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

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