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Cases of stillbirth and a mother's death spark hospital changes


One of the most exciting times in the lives of Boston couples is when they're about to welcome a newborn into their home. This is why when there is a problem with the delivery process and a child suffers a birth injury, it can be one of the worst moments of their lives. The pain from this type of occurrence is incalculable. If it was preventable or happened due to a negligent doctor or medical staff, that exacerbates the suffering.

A hospital that was investigated because of the deaths of two newborn babies and a mother is altering their procedures. The mother died when her blood pressure was not monitored correctly and she had a stroke. Mistakes in procedure led to hospital staffing moving the woman via helicopter to a hospital over 100 miles away rather than one that was less than 20 miles away. In addition, one child died after becoming stuck in the birth canal. Also, earlier this year, a third child's heartbeat was not monitored and died. In addition to the three children and mother whose deaths were part of the investigation, there was another stillbirth last spring. Staff and training changes are underway to improve the quality of care at the hospital.

Although it is an everyday occurrence, child birth is still a dangerous medical situation if the mother and child are not properly cared for. Any mistake can lead to a lifetime of medical problems and even death. Caring for a disabled child can be extremely expensive and alter a family's life forever. In many instances, the child's injuries could have been avoided. Often, people whose child has suffered a birth injury are not aware that it was because a member of the medical staff made a mistake. Even if the injury happened years ago, it is still possible to investigate and discover the true cause.

The hospital that made the medical errors was investigated and is in the process of making changes to the way they care for patients. Although that is a positive development for the future, it doesn't erase the past. Parents who are caring for a disabled child or had a child die need to know if their loss could have been prevented. When there is a stillbirth or birth injury, parents should contact an attorney well-acquainted with these types of issues and discuss the case.

Source: MassLive.com, "State: 'Failure to provide quality care' caused deaths of mother, 2 newborns at Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center in Northampton," Fred Contrada, April 25, 2014

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