Many medical malpractice cases focus on the mistakes made by doctors and nurses. In addition to the professionals we traditionally associate with medical malpractice, midwives are also responsible for providing safe and effective care. When midwives fail to live up to this obligation, they can also cause serious malpractice-related harms.
In light of the statistical trend towards more common home deliveries and the persistently higher risk associated with giving birth outside of a hospital or birth center, midwifery increasingly important. Ohio families who consider a home birth also need to think carefully about choosing a competent caregiver to assist with the delivery.
American mothers have been opting for home deliveries in ever-higher numbers in recent years. Between 2004 and 2009, the number of home deliveries increased by 29 percent. This statistical trend is drawing attention from medical experts and policy makers.
Our last post introduced the story of one British mother who recently won a 12-year battle on behalf of her son. She recovered a £7.1 million verdict from a large hospital after its midwives failed to spot a common complication that left her newborn son with cerebral palsy.
A British mother's recent multi-million pound victory against a large hospital is an inspirational example of how justice can come out of a hard-fought fight. This mother spent more than 12 years litigating this case on her son's behalf - her £7.1 million verdict will help provide for a lifetime of care.
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.
Although some Ohio mothers choose to give birth at home or in specialized birth centers, families should be aware that big risks can still exist. Birth injuries and complications can easily send mothers and newborns to the hospital after all.
One usually only hears about a birthing injury if it involves someone close to you or if the victim's family files a birth injury lawsuit. Yet, now parents can instantly share their birth stories with the world through the Internet and allow others to better prepare for potential difficulties in their upcoming birth. Days ago, one woman shared her story and it contains plenty of instances where medical negligence may have occurred.
In June 2008, a young couple arrived at a birthing center ready for the delivery of their baby. Birthing complications arose that necessitated swift and competent action to preserve the health of the infant. Unbelievably, the two midwives overseeing the delivery were not only ill-equipped to handle the complications; they actually obstructed paramedics from attempting to save the life of the infant, who was suffering from cerebral hypoxia.
Every parent knows that having and raising children can be an expensive proposition. Now that summer vacations and camps are coming to an end the back to school supplies are weighing on family budgets. Soon fall sports and other school activities will get rolling.