Prenatal care refers to the medical and nursing care recommended for women before and during pregnancy. Getting proper prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy is important in having a safe pregnancy and healthy baby. Unfortunately, some mothers do not get the prenatal care they need during pregnancy, which can cause serious consequences for the baby, including low birth weight and life-altering birth injuries. While improper prenatal care doesn't always lead to fetal harm, a baby's risk of suffering unnecessary birth injury is increased when not properly cared for in utero. Too often, the negligence, inexperience, or poor training of a doctor takes away a newborn's chances of living a normal, happy and healthy life. If your child has suffered from a serious birth injury, which you believe to be the result of improper prenatal care, he may be entitled to lifetime care. Contact a birth injury attorney today to discuss your legal options.
Prenatal care is more than just health care while you are pregnant. A healthcare professional should educate a pregnant woman about proper nutrition, physical activity, and what to expect during the birth process, as well as provide her with all the information she needs to properly care for her newborn. The availability of routine prenatal care has played a part in reducing maternal death rates and miscarriages, as well as birth defects, birth injuries, low birth weight, and other preventable problems affecting infants. Unfortunately, when healthcare providers fail to provide adequate prenatal care for mother and child, the results can be devastating. Improper prenatal care may result in life-altering birth injuries like:
Pregnancy is one of the most significant and delicate times in a woman's life. Unfortunately, inadequate fetal care during pregnancy, which includes improper prenatal care, can have lifelong consequences for an affected child, possibly resulting in paralysis, brain injury, mental retardation, or possibly even death. Medical staff are trained to detect and treat prenatal, labor and delivery problems, and have specific procedures to follow in emergency situations. Unfortunately, some doctors and Ob/Gyns fail to provide the appropriate level of care, possibly due to negligence, poor training or inexperience, which can have a devastating outcome for mother and child. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth injury potentially resulting from improper prenatal care, contact a birth injury attorney today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the allegedly negligent Ob/Gyn, doctor or hospital charged with your care.