When you are pregnant, it may start to feel like you are always at the doctor for routine checkups. As you get closer and closer to your due date, typically, the frequency of these appointments increase. Toward the end of the pregnancy, it is even normal to be seeing the obstetrician once a week.
While at time inconvenient or uncomfortable, these appointments are important. This is a time when the mother can bring up any concerns or symptoms and the doctor and nurses can monitor the pregnancy to make sure everything is progressing as expected.
The hope of course is that everything will run smoothly. However, the truth is that complications can arise not only during delivery, but also during pregnancy. In this post, we are going to focus on proper monitoring during pregnancy. Here are three things to keep in mind:
No. 1: Monitoring should happen for high and low risk pregnancies
Whether there are known risk for complications, or everything appears to be smooth sailing, obstetricians still need to be running — or at least offering — the right tests at the right times. For example, if there is reason to believe the woman is at risk for gestational diabetes — which carries with it risks to the baby and mother — she needs to be tested.
No. 2: Doctors need to listen to concerns and react appropriately
It is very normal for a pregnant woman to have worries during her pregnancy. It is important for her obstetrician to listen to these worries, though, and not just write everything off as pregnancy jitters. Are these just general questions on foods and activities to avoid? Or, is the woman talking about abnormal symptoms that will require more tests? Is she bringing up her own pre-existing health conditions that could affect the baby? The bottom line is that it is vital for an obstetrician to be listening to their patients.
No. 3: Failing to properly monitor a pregnant woman is medical malpractice
When a doctor fails to properly monitor a patient — and this results in harm — it’s not just that the doctor didn’t do his or her job. Rather, the doctor was negligent and should be held accountable. For if he or she had run the proper tests, or continued to monitor potential complications, there is the possibility that the harm could have been avoided.
At the law office of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we understand just how painful and emotional injuries stemming from pregnancy and delivery can be — to both the mother and child. Our firm handles all type of cases where harm stems from medical professionals not properly monitoring a patient. This includes improper monitoring during pregnancy. Since doctors and hospitals come equipped to cases with their own lawyers, we level the playing field for our clients with our own highly skilled and trained lawyers.