Although childbirth is a “joyous and safe experience” for most mothers in the United States, the U.S. lags behind other industrialized nations in healthy births, and the reasons are not clear.
There is no guarantee of a perfect outcome in childbirth, even with excellent medical care. Up to 90% of obstetrician-gynecologists have been sued at least once, and obstetrician-gynecologists on average are sued 2.7 times during their careers.
A recent study in Britain indicated that labor and delivery at home with a midwife or at a birthing center had better outcomes than those at a hospital, where there was a higher incidence of epidurals, cesareans, and complications.
Attorneys, physicians, midwifes, nurses, hospitals, insurers, and other potential parties to the litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that arise in connection with injuries occurring to a mother or infant during labor and delivery.