When you’re pregnant, your doctor or midwife has a fiduciary duty to closely observe your and your baby’s conditions to help you both stay as safe as possible so that you will have a healthy labor and delivery. If a health concern arises, your Ohio care provider is responsible for properly diagnosing your condition and taking whatever measures are necessary, according to accepted safety standards, to help you rectify the situation.
There are certain health conditions that may not go away until your baby is born. In such circumstances, your care provider must keep a careful watch on both you and your baby. Mothers and babies are at great risk for injury if a medical team member is negligent.
Complications your doctor should be aware of
If you have a particular problem in pregnancy, your doctor should be aware of it. Checking vital signs is a typical part of prenatal care. If something seems awry, it warrants further examination. Some of the most common pregnancy problems include gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and pre-term labor.
The average obstetrician or midwife knows how to recognize signs of these problems. It is imperative that your care provider informs you and takes action, as necessary, to help monitor or rectify a problem.
Medical negligence often results in maternal or infant injury
Childbirth is usually a joyful, albeit challenging, experience. It might definitely not be the case if a doctor, nurse or other medical team member fails in his or her obligation to keep you and your baby well. Many serious birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, devastate the lives of mothers, infants and their families. The most frustrating part is that many of these injuries are preventable, were it not for medical negligence.
Being proactive may help you and your baby avoid injury
When you attend prenatal visits, ask questions. If your doctor does something or does not do something, it is perfectly acceptable to question it. If you’re not satisfied with the answer, ask someone else who is well versed in prenatal care, labor and delivery. Without a formal educational background in childbirth, you may not recognize certain symptoms that point toward an adverse condition.
Your medical team, on the other hand, should be fully prepared to spot signs of potential trouble. They should also know what options are available to help resolve the problem. Ohio law allows parents of children who suffer birth injuries due to negligence to seek legal accountability against those who are deemed liable.