There was no rejoicing after a court ordered a former midwife to pay $5 million in damages for causing the death of an infant, as the grieving parents did not even have an opportunity to confront the defendant nurse.
The parents of a Midwestern woman recently received a $100 million verdict in their wrongful death case against one midwife, the woman's husband, and others involved in her botched home birth. This case is a sad example of how important it is to choose a careful and experienced midwife to assist with home births.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 5.5 percent of births are breech deliveries. In a breech delivery, the baby is not born head-first but instead delivers feet- or knees-first. Although breech births often result in potentially dangerous complications, a new study concluded that the risks are even greater when a mother's water breaks early.