The birth of your child should be the happiest moment of your life. Unfortunately, medical professionals may do harm to your newborn during childbirth, leading to a serious injury that may persist throughout […]
While obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) remain the go-to professionals for child delivery in America, the use of midwives is a growing trend. Studies show that while midwives only delivered 2.3 percent of all American births in 1989, by 2008 that number had grown to 7.5 percent.
With midwives, as with obstetricians, there is still the very real potential of medical malpractice which can cause serious life-altering birth injuries to a child. Midwives are educated and trained to look for and recognize the variations of normal progress of labor. They are trained to know how to discern and intervene in high risk situations; when they fail to do so, they put the life of the child at risk.
When a midwife’s care falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and a child is injured or dies in the process, they can (and should) be held liable for the damage that their incompetence has caused. The key to success rests in hiring a midwife negligence lawyer with experience.
Any expectant mother who is considering using a midwife rather than a physician needs to consider a few things in order to avoid placing herself and/or her baby in danger:
When there is a birth injury resulting from the negligence or medical malpractice of a midwife, the affects can be serious and life-altering. Common birth injuries can include any of the following:
This is not a complete list by any means, though. If your child has been negatively affected by the negligent actions (or inaction) of a midwife, we urge you to call our Dallas medical malpractice attorneys at (214) 617-1886 for a free consultation. We will do our best to evaluate your potential claim and discuss the options available to you.
There are some very serious issues that many people do not know about midwives. It is important to keep these things in mind before making a choice. While there may be other large factors which contribute to your decision, these are just a few of the important but lesser-known things to consider.
In one lawsuit that involved a nurse midwife, student nurse midwife, registered nurse, and physician, a baby boy (now 7 years of age) suffered permanent brain damage as the result of utero hypoxia. According to the plaintiff, during the latter part of the pregnancy and on the day the baby was born, the defendants failed to respond properly to obvious signs of fetal distress which caused serious hypoxia; this resulted in the infant suffering permanent brain damage.
Two days after the plaintiff had reported lack of fetal movement to the midwifery service, she went to the hospital with further complaints of decreased fetal movement. The registered nurse and student nurse placed the mother on a fetal monitor and remained with her until the baby was born hours later without the attending obstetrician or supervising certified nurse midwife in attendance. During this time, they took no steps to improve blood flow and oxygen to the fetus.
In the morning, the supervising certified nurse midwife was notified of the circumstances but failed to report to the hospital because the attending physician was at the hospital. According to the physician, he was not aware that the midwife (who was with the patient) was a student, and did not believe it was his responsibility to supervise her.
Even after the obstetrician became aware that circumstances warranted immediate delivery of the baby, it was another hour before he obtained patient consent for a Cesarean section and didn’t notify the anesthesiologist of the urgency of the procedure. During this time, the nurse and student nurse midwife still did not take any measures to improve oxygen flow to the baby.
In spite of the baby’s distress, it was another two hours before the patient was taken to the operating room, and at the time of delivery the baby’s heart rate was only 20 bpm and he was not breathing. The child was later diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and a variety of developmental delays.
The child is unable to walk or talk, cannot hold his head up or sit without help. He receives nutrition through a gastrostomy tube and requires assistance for all activities of his daily life. As a result of all the problems the child suffers as a result of the lack of proper care, the plaintiff received an out of court settlement of $3,500,000. If the family had not pursued a medical malpractice lawsuit against the midwife involved, they would be forced to bear this huge financial burden themselves.
If your child has suffered a birth injury and you believe that the negligence of a midwife contributed, you owe it to your family to pursue compensation from the responsible parties. Call Rasansky Law Firm at (214) 617-1886 or email us using the form found on this page, and we’ll provide you with a free case evaluation to let you know where you stand. If we can help you, we’d do so on a contingency fee agreement, meaning you don’t pay us a dime unless we win your case.
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 617-1886.
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