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.
We’ve been looking in recent posts at the topic of home birth safety and the regulation of midwives. As we noted last time, there is only one type of midwife that is regulated in Michigan, and that is certified nurse midwives.
In our last post, we began looking at the issue of home birth safety, particularly the impact of midwife care on home birth safety. As we began pointing out, not all midwives receive the same level of training and have the same level of competence.
Childbirth is an experience most women anticipate with a mixture of thoughts and emotions, including fear about something going wrong. For women in high-risk pregnancies, this fear can be heightened because of the complications that could arise. While most women choose to deliver in hospitals, some choose to do so at home.
Childbirth, though a very natural process, can involve various risks for both the baby and the mother. The desirability of managing these risks, of course, is why most women choose to deliver in hospitals with the help of skilled nurses and doctors rather than at home. Not only are the risks of delivery decreased this way, but patients are able to hold negligent providers accountable for serious mistakes.
Birth injuries are devastating for parents, as anybody who has been through such an experience can tell you. The frustration can be particularly great in cases where birth injury is caused by medical malpractice. For those who have a strong enough case, there may be the ability to sue for medical malpractice and obtain damages to help ease the financial burden that can follow a birth injury. Victims of medical malpractice leading to birth injury do not always have the ability or opportunity to sue, though.
Last time, we began looking at birth injury case recently appealed up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Feres doctrine which is at stake in the case. As we noted, the Feres doctrine holds that active-duty military members are not able to sue the government for tort relief, as in cases of medical malpractice. What is at stake in the Supreme Court appeal, though, is whether tort relief is available to cover damages for a child who sustains a birth injury.