Birth Injury:

Frequency of Birth Injuries

Birth defects are far more common than birth injuries. In the US, approximately 7% are born with some type of birth defect or abnormality; these range from minor to quite severe. Birth injuries, on the other hand, occur in about .5% of births, and these too, range from minor to severe. Cerebral palsy, one of the more serious types of birth injuries, has an incidence of approximately .15% to .4% in the US.