According to the American College of Gynecologists ("ACOG"), with members including Binghamton New York obstetricians and Binghamton New York gynecologists, women should not deliver at home because a labor and delivery complication during a Central New York home birth could result in birth injury or death.
ACOG explains that labor and delivery complications can arise without warning, even in low-risk patients. Appropriate treatment for a complication, such as a shoulder dystocia or an umbilical cord wrapped around a baby's neck, must come from an OBGYN or skilled birth center capable of determining whether a cesarean section is necessary to prevent Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy or other birth injury. In high risk cases, such as vaginal birth after cesarean ("VBAC") deliveries, a complication such as a uterine rupture could also lead to the death of a pregnant mother if hemorrhaging is not treated. ACOG reports that "the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex."
ACOG also advocates against deliveries managed by midwives who are not certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives or American Midwifery Certification Board.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases, including those where a baby was injured by a nurse midwife or where a baby was injured during an at home birth. If you recently delivered a baby at home and the baby has been diagnosed with a disability, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice lawyer, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.