The passionate video production of Newborn Birth Injuries: The Untold Story has aired nationwide on PBS stations to several million viewers! . If you missed it you can view the piece that is airing on PBS by clicking here.
UBPN was also fortunate to be able to produce a 25-minute companion documentary, which can be viewed below. You can also purchase the full 25-minute documentary on DVD (which also has the 5 minute PBS version) by clicking here. Purchasing the video will continue to help us with our prevention efforst!!
Welcome to the United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc. web site. We are excited about increasing the resources we provide to our community of injured and their families, as well as bring greater awareness to the general public and medical community about brachial plexus injuries.
If you are the parent of a newly injured child or are newly injured yourself, please know that although you are at the beginning of a trying and challenging journey, it is not hopeless.
You will find a great deal of information on this site to give you a better understanding of a brachial plexus injury. In addition, you will find amazing support on our forums.
If your newborn's arm is notably weak or completely paralyzed, your child may have Brachial Plexus Palsy (BPP), also known as Erb's Palsy or Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI). The cause of this injury is usually the stretching of one (or both) sides of the neck during a difficult delivery.
The Brachial Plexus is a network of nerves that go from the spinal column in the neck down to the fingers. The mildest form of this injury is when the nerves have been stretched. When the nerves are torn (ruptured) or pulled out of their spinal "socket" (avulsed), surgical intervention may be the only hope to regain function of the arm.
UBPN is pleased and excited to announce the availability of broadcast-ready public service announcements for download in mp3 format.
Thanks to Julie Lloyd, a member of our UBPN community, UBPN was able to have our long-available print PSAs put into recorded format.
And now, thanks to the time and talents of Piper Phynnie, of K-Bear 101 in Idaho Falls, ID, they are available for radio stations and our community.
We hope you will take the time to contact your local radio stations and point them to our web site. You can also download the MP3 recordings yourself and forward them to your local programming director.
Click here to listen and download all the PSAs!