After death of baby, mother sues for negligence

Going through the process of labor and delivery can be an emotional time for parents. The stress, pain and fear of the unknown can be exhausting. However, it is something that a majority of parents in Philadelphia say is worth it because at the end of it all, they get to hold their brand new baby in their arms.

Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for one mother who lost her baby as a result of the alleged negligence of her doctors and hospital staff. Despite warning signs of fetal distress during the course of her labor, there were allegedly no efforts made to perform a C-section, a procedure that may have been able to save the baby.

The woman has retained a lawyer and filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, a certified nurse midwife, two doctors and a women’s healthcare center. Her lawyer claims that failure to provide adequate fetal monitoring led to the baby’s death. The woman is suing for over $10,000 in compensatory damages.

The woman had a history of gestational diabetes and problems with a previous delivery. Her labor was induced in the early morning hours of November 15, 2011. The baby was delivered at 6:34 p.m. She did not have a heartbeat and was not breathing. She was pronounced dead at 7:29 p.m.

Because of the negligence of the hospital staff and medical personnel, this woman has had to endure severe emotional distress. Hopefully her lawsuit will enable her to receive a sense of justice and allow her to begin the healing process.

Source: The Dispatch, “Mother files medical malpractice suit against LMC in death of baby,” Darrick Ignasiak, Nov. 18, 2013



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