The Joint Commission has introduced the possibility of crafting new standardized protocols and procures in hospitals designed to improve prenatal safety.
The time leading up to childbirth and the act itself can be incredibly stressful. But the moment after is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life. Finding out that you have a healthy baby and hearing the first cries from those little lungs should be a relief to all that stress. Why would you assume that there are any issues after you receive your little bundle of joy?
Midwifery has a reputation of facilitating more natural, homeopathic childbirths. However, many midwives—operating legally in Michigan—actually lack the training to safely manage a childbirth.
More than 50,000 women each year suffer from severe maternal morbidity as a result of giving birth. At first glance, you might expect this to be an average statistic worldwide. Or perhaps you assume this figure represents the morbidity rate from childbirth in the third world.
Children are arguably our most precious resource. The welcoming of a new life into the world is something that should always elicit joy. Unfortunately, even with all the advances in medical science that have been made, too often failures by health care providers in delivering on their duty of care creates victims that leave families with physical, emotional and financial burdens for a lifetime.
Previously, we began looking at the topic of medical malpractice in the context of OB-GYN care. As we noted, there are multiple reasons medical malpractice litigation is more common in the field of OB-BYN care. One reason for this is that there are more inherent risks in prenatal care and childbirth. And while not every mistake in care translates into a meritorious medical malpractice claim, the failure of providers and hospitals to satisfactorily communicate with patients often leads to litigation.
Previously, we began looking at a recent study which found a potential connection between preterm delivery and lack of neural connectivity in a specific region of the brain. As we noted, it isn’t known yet exactly what the connection is, if any, between preterm delivery and lack of neural connectivity, nor is it known what causative factors are at play in these observations.
Something like 10 percent of births in the United States every year is premature.
Acts of negligence by physicians can take many forms. In some cases we have seen in the Detroit area, it involves a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnosis a serious and obvious condition. In other situations, it involves wrong-site surgery or a surgeon who leaves a medical instrument inside a patient.
In recent posts, we've been looking at the topic of home birth, the regulation and discipline of midwives in Michigan, and seeking compensation when a midwife acts negligently and something goes wrong. As we mentioned last time, licensed midwives can face both professional discipline and charges of negligence.