When parents are expecting, they have a lot of questions, even if it’s not their first child. Just like every child is different, so is every pregnancy, and things are bound to pop up that are cause for concern. It’s important that parents discuss any questions they have with their doctor, no matter how small the matter may be. Some questions may prevent bigger problems down the line, such as birth injuries. Below are the three most important questions new parents should be asking their doctor.
What are your practices for identifying at-risk mothers?
Ideally, a pregnancy will follow a very natural course, with little risk to the mother or the baby. There are some instances however, that make for an at-risk pregnancy; and at-risk pregnancies can often lead to high risk births. It’s important that doctors identify at-risk mothers early in the pregnancy, so they can be prepared for any complications that may occur during the birthing process.
What do you do to prevent complications during childbirth?
While it’s not something new parents want to think about, there are many complications that can arise during childbirth, and it’s important to ask your doctor how they’re going to prevent them from occurring. Every complication will have its own prevention tactic. For instance, doctors should be examining pregnant mothers more closely and more often as they near the end of their term. This can help identify babies that are in the breech position, or feet-first. These deliveries are often safest when performed through a C-section. This is information that the doctor should have before labour starts, and not discovered during delivery.
How much experience do you have with complications during childbirth?
This one is very simple. When complications arise during childbirth, they require quick action to prevent them from becoming even worse and putting the health of the mother and child in serious jeopardy. It’s not the time for second-guessing, consulting textbooks, or even asking other doctors what to do. Doctors need to know exactly what they’re going to do, at the exact second they’re going to need to do it. The best way to ensure the doctor is going to know how to handle complications is to make sure they’ve been through it before.
In many cases, birth injuries cannot be prevented, but there are some instances in which they could have been. If you, your child, or a loved one has suffered a birth injury, call the Seattle birth injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. toll-free at (888) 228-3860. We are birth injury lawyers who have the experience needed to take these medical malpractice cases to court and win you the settlement you deserve.