Know the Risks of Birth Injuries
Understandably, parents don’t want to think about the possibility of something happening to their child as it is being born, but the truth of the matter is that birth injuries do happen. These may include paralysis, brain injury, fetal distress, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, and cephalopelvic disproportion. All of which may occur as the result of medical malpractice.
To minimize the risk of a birth injury from occurring, find a doctor you’re comfortable with and do some online sleuthing to determine what others have said about that physician. Of course, he or she is human and can always make a mistake, but if the doctor has a good track record with other mothers, chances are you’re in good hands.
Also research birth injuries and draft a list of questions to ask the doctor. Ask what is done to monitor you and the baby for any possible complications. In general, the most common cause of birth injuries is failure to monitor the mother and child. If you discuss this with your OB/GYN, he or she may be more likely to stay on top of that responsibility.
While there is no need to feel paranoid about giving birth, it doesn’t hurt to be as well-informed as possible about things that have the potential to go wrong.