In most cases, delivery of a baby by a family doctor or midwife does not result in any problems for the mother or baby. Unfortunately, if there are complications during labor and delivery, a family doctor or midwife may be less able to deal appropriately with the medical issues that arise.
If your child suffered birth complications due to errors by a midwife or family doctor, contact the law firm of Hampton & King in Houston. Our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about malpractice claims and explain your options. You may have the right to seek compensation to help pay for the medical needs that you and your child may have now and in the future.
Delivery Complications And Midwives/Family Doctors
Family doctors typically deal with a broad range of medical issues. In rural areas, family doctors may also be called upon to deliver babies. While some family practitioners may have training in obstetrics, others may not.
Midwives have training in obstetrics and can deal with most issues that arise in labor and delivery. However, midwives are not doctors and should refer women to specialists such as obstetricians when there are complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Midwives sometimes assist in home births or deliver babies in a hospital.
Examples of complications during pregnancy and delivery include:
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Birth infections
- Prolapsed umbilical cord
- Uterine rupture
- Cephalopelvic disproportion
- Suspected large fetus
- Fetal distress and oxygen deprivation
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Kernicterus/excessive jaundice
Our lawyers will review all medical records from your pregnancy and delivery to determine if your family doctor or midwife made mistakes and should have called in a specialist to provide your care.
To discuss midwife malpractice or family doctor medical negligence with one of our lawyers, call the Houston office of Hampton & King at 713-574-8660. You can also send us an email.