Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of similar chronic disorders that damage the brain, affecting control of movement. Recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood disability, cerebral palsy affects more than 10,000 newly diagnosed infants every year.
Throughout the course of a woman's pregnancy, her obstetricians and other health care providers should make time to discuss prenatal screening options. Prenatal screening can help detect birth defects, congenital illnesses and many other important fetal conditions. Furthermore, in some circumstances, failure to conduct adequate prenatal screenings can be grounds for a medical liability lawsuit.
In January 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel, issued a statement saying that all expectant mothers, regardless of whether or not they have been diagnosed with diabetes prior to pregnancy, should be tested for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy.