In almost every instance, it is a joyous occasion when a new baby is brought into the world, even with the most prolonged and exhaustive deliveries. Gone are the days when women gave themselves a coin-flip chance of surviving childbirth. Sometimes the mother comes out worse for wear, facing a longer-than-expected recovery process, but by and large OB/GYNs have got the birthing thing pretty well figured out.
How’s the Baby?
The focus of more and more lawsuits has not been the health of the mother but on the condition of the newborn. Birthing injuries occur on a more common basis than many people think, but they mostly tend to be minor things that will heal on their own in good time, without any lasting effects. There are also a few instances in which permanent damage can be inflicted through birthing-related injuries that a medical staff should have (and could have) prevented.
Most birthing injuries are associated with difficult births, which in many cases have to do with either very large babies or babies that enter the birth canal in the breech position. In most cases, doctors are aware of the size and position of the baby going into labor. Delaying the decision on a needed C-section can also cause unneeded problems. Excessive damage from the use of forceps or vacuum suction is considered unacceptable.
Medical professionals and the facilities they work in are also responsible for the immediate care of the mother and infant after birthing. Circumcision, for example, presents an opportunity for injury or infection. In the event of a malpractice lawsuit stemming from birthing injuries, an attorney would want access to all of one’s neonatal records as well as the hospital records from the time spent in labor.