According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4 million babies were born in the United States in 2011. On average, six birth injuries occurred for every 1,000 live births—approximately 24,000 birth injuries per year.
Some of these injuries occur due to insufficient, inadequate, or negligent care provided by a physician.
Following are the steps your doctor should complete to reduce your risk of serious complications during labor and delivery:
- Take a complete medical history early in the pregnancy, keeping record of high-risk pregnancy factors including weight, age, and health.
- Perform prenatal tests including ultrasounds, blood-glucose tests, and stress tests on both mother and baby throughout the pregnancy. These tests will allow the doctor to monitor the baby’s development.
- Discuss birthing methods, addressing the associated risks and benefits of each.
- Talk about possible complications and explain assistive delivery methods prior to delivery to help eliminate confusion during labor.
Open and honest communication with your doctor is an important tool for reducing your risk of complications during childbirth. When you clearly communicate your questions, concerns, and symptoms, your doctor can take immediate steps to reduce your risk of a Chicago birth injury.
If your child suffered a serious birth injury and you are looking for a qualified Chicago birth injury lawyer to answer your questions, contact Lane & Lane at 312-332-1400. Our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys can help you find the answers you are looking for during a confidential and free case evaluation.