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Communication is key during labor and delivery

In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of medical care professionals relaying information to patients in a way that meets the requirements for informed consent. When a woman is in labor, the need for communication between the medical team and the woman, as well as between each member of the team, is critical. In fact, errors in communication are the top cause of birth injuries that are classified as preventable. We know that no pregnant woman wants to have to learn that her child's birth injury could have been prevented with proper communication.

When it comes to childbirth, there are several factors that might lead to a birth injury. The misuse of drugs to induce labor, not having a Cesarean section performed when one should have been, using forceps or a vacuum extractor when assistance wasn't needed and missed signs of fetal distress are some of the things that can lead to a birth injury.

The need for adequate communication during childbirth is vital because even a small oversight on the part of one medical staff member can have devastating consequences even if all the other staff members are handling their duties in an appropriate manner.

If your baby suffered a birth injury because of a lack of communication, you might opt to seek compensation for your baby's injury. Learning about how the laws pertain to your case and working to understand your options for seeking compensation might help you to make a choice about how you want to handle your case. We can help you from the start of your case until the final disposition.

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