Midwives are medical providers who have training in obstetrics. Most midwives work in hospitals or alongside OB/GYNs in doctor’s offices. They provide care for women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
There are two types of midwives, direct-entry and certified nurse midwives. Certified nurse midwives are registered nurses who have taken midwifery training and become certified. On the other hand, direct-entry midwives learned midwifery through apprenticeships or training that didn’t include nursing. Some states, like Pennsylvania, do not allow direct-entry midwives to practice. Only certified midwives can do so.
Midwife malpractice injuries are similar to injuries caused by doctors or other medical professionals. Mistakes or negligence can occur during pregnancy, childbirth, or after a baby is born. Some of the most common birth injuries caused by midwives include:
Generally speaking, most injuries to mothers and newborns caused by midwives fall into one of the following categories:
In Pennsylvania, midwives must be licensed and certified to practice. As licensed medical professionals, midwives can be sued for medical malpractice if they make mistakes or are negligent in their care. However, proving that negligence occurred during midwife care can be challenging. Your attorney will have to prove that the midwife had a duty of care to provide, that they didn’t meet the accepted standard of care, and that their negligence caused injuries and damages.
Even though childbirth is a natural process, complications can arise. Sometimes these complications are unpreventable – they just happen, and no one is to blame. There are other times when complications occur because a midwife acted or didn’t act in the proper way.
If a midwife assisted you during pregnancy, labor, or delivery and you or your baby suffered injuries, it may be a case of midwife malpractice. An experienced birth injury lawyer will review your claim and determine if you have a case to pursue.
At Ross Feller Casey, we have a team of attorneys and medical doctors who have helped many families with their birth injury claims, winning large settlements and verdicts that help ease the financial burdens the injuries caused. Contact our law office today to set up your free consultation. Our midwife malpractice cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket fees. You only pay when we win your case.
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