Each year in the United States there are
approximately 4 million births. When you go to a hospital to give birth, you should be able to
expect that your doctor and the other medical professionals on staff will
take proper care of you and your child.
studies in recent years have shown that an estimated 157,700 mothers or newborns
suffer injuries during the birthing process every year. For this reason,
every expectant parent should be aware of certain steps they may take
to try to prevent
birth injuries and keep their families safe from harm.
Carefully choose your doctor
Having a qualified doctor delivering your child is imperative to the health
and well-being of everyone involved, which is why it is surprising that
many people choose an obstetrician via a Google search or whichever doctor
is closest to them. Instead, you should always thoroughly question any
potential obstetrician regarding their experience and philosophies, and
you may want to even speak to some prior patients as references.
If you need special care due to a high-risk pregnancy, consider seeking
out a perinatologist. Perinatology is a subspecialty of obstetrics focusing
on the care of the fetus and complicated, high-risk pregnancies.
Understand fetal monitoring
Once you are in the hospital in labor, the staff will likely monitor the
vital signs of your baby via electronic fetal monitoring (EFM). Not only
should staff members be properly trained to use such technology, but you
may ask for a basic rundown of how the equipment works so you may notice
anything different on the monitors.
If you are concerned about a possible drop in the baby’s heart rate
or other vitals, alert a nurse or midwife immediately and make sure they
either take action to protect your child or give you adequate answers
or explanations for change in EFM.
Have someone in the labor and delivery rooms with you
As you can imagine, expectant mothers in labor are already under a significant
amount of stress and may not be in a condition to properly express their
concerns or demand proper care. If another family member or loved one
is present, they can act as an advocate for the mother and can ensure
that any concerns are addressed or their needs are met. Family members
may also be helpful in situations in which a mother is having difficulty
breathing, is losing consciousness, or another event that prevents the
mother from alerting staff herself.
These are, of course, only a few tips for preventing injuries during childbirth.
Unfortunately, even the most careful expectant parents can still be victims
of medical malpractice and birth injuries.
An Experienced Atlanta Birth Injury Attorney is Here to Help You
If you or your child suffered a preventable injury during childbirth due
to medical negligence or malpractice, you should always consult with an
personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss how you can recover.
At the Atlanta law office of Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., our skilled attorneys
are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured mothers and children,
so please do not hesitate to
contact us for help today.