BY: Norman D. Tucker | IN: Birth Injury
It’s the one question that an experienced birth injury lawyer will always ask – “Was your baby born on a weekend?”
While some obstetrical health care providers deny there is any reduced quality of care and increased risk of injury in weekend deliveries, with every potential new case, one of the first things a seasoned birth trauma attorney will do – look at the perpetual calendar to see what days of the week were involved. While anecdotal, in our experience, more than a majority of our cases involve weekend care and delivery.
This concern was confirmed in “Association Between Day of Delivery and Obstetric Outcomes: Observational Study” published in the British Medical Journal in November 2015. The researchers concluded that the risk of newborn injury or death were greater on the weekend:
We found statistically significant associations… consistent with a lower standard of care for women admitted and babies born at weekends. The largest effects were seen in the higher rates of perinatal mortality… and injury to neonates.
Why the Increased Risk?
Some of the concerns and factors for weekend deliveries include:
What Can Mom and Dad Do to Protect their Baby?
Many parents wrongly blame themselves for not having done something more after a difficult labor and delivery where their baby is injured. If you educate yourself, are attentive to the labor, not socializing or reading text messages, and there is a problem, you will have fewer regrets later.
Remember, childbirth is likely one of the most physically traumatic events your baby will ever experience. Your attention and involvement could make all of the difference – for the rest of all of your lives.
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Norm Tucker has skillfully been handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases for over 30 years. As a nationally recognized trial attorney, Norm focuses his practice primarily on birth related injuries, obstetrical and neonatal care, and anesthesia-related injuries.