Welcome or not, well-intended people shower expectant moms with advice. Whether about proper nutrition, exercise, prenatal vitamins, weight gain or parenting classes, advice is generally not in short supply. But how many moms-to-be get information about the risks associated with labor and delivery? Women and their families must educate themselves about warning signs of potential maternal mortality.
When you think about having your baby and bringing home a new bundle of joy, you know you’ll be excited and probably a little nervous. But on top of all these emotions, it’s important to understand that you might also find yourself feeling depressed.
Pregnancy is an exciting but also nerve-wracking time. Despite all the advances in modern medicine and the safety measures of hospitals today, there are still risks involved in childbirth, including doctor error.
Most expectant parents are excited to welcome their child into the world. And although many questions often arise during pregnancy, parents rely on trained medical professionals to ensure the arrival of their healthy baby.
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.