New mothers may opt for more natural births using midwives and birthing centers instead of doctors and traditional hospitals. This is a beneficial shift that can improve the birth experience for mothers and families. The registered midwife is generally the lead practitioner in the care of women from early pregnancy through the postpartum period.
Midwives are a great option, but what if your midwife made a mistake? Are midwives responsible for your care the same way a doctor is? Do people sue midwives for malpractice?
Midwives are highly educated and trained professionals who are certainly qualified for the care of a woman during and after pregnancy. They are responsible for their patients care, and they are accountable for identifying potential issues with a pregnancy. Midwives should be able to identify and prevent the following birth injuries:
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy
- Stillbirth or postpartum death
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Fetal brain damage
This is a partial list, as a midwife can identify other pregnancy complications.
Not all birth defects are apparent right after birth. In Virginia, you have two years from the time of the injury to file a medical malpractice suit. There are a few exceptions and nuances to the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases, so speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney if you have questions about your case. If you are pregnant and you are looking for a registered midwife, check their registered status at Midwives Alliance of North America. Always speak to a medical professional about your prenatal care.
If you have been injured by a medical professional, visit BenGlassLaw or download Ben Glass’s FREE book Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime. You can also contact BenGlassLaw at (703)584-7277.