Midwives are trained health professionals who help healthy women deliver babies at birthing centers or in the comfort of the mother's home. They help the mother during labor, deliver, and for soon after the birth of the new child. A midwife is usually hired when a mother does not want the traditional hospital setting, or one who is hoping to save money by having birth at home. Midwives can have different types of training and certification, ranging from lay midwives (no formal certification) to Certified Nurse-Midwives who are registered nurses who also graduated from an education program.
When midwives make mistakes, the health of the mother and new baby could be put at serious risk. If you or someone you love has been harmed by the medical malpractice of a Midwife, the highly experienced attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are here to fight for you.
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Midwife Medical Malpractice
Midwives are intended to help healthy mothers deliver babies in non-complicated pregnancy situations where a birth is expected to go normally. Midwives may have different levels of training, or may even not actually be certified.
- Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs): Registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program and have passed a national exam.
- Certified Midwives (CMs): Non-nurse midwives that have earned a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a health care field, completed an accredited midwifery education course, and passed a national exam.
- Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs): Non-nurse midwives with training and experience in childbirth, including childbirth outside of the hospital setting, and passed a national exam.
- Lay Midwives: Midwives without formal training or certification.
Common Malpractice Claims Against Midwives
As midwives become more popular, more and more mistakes are being made that negatively affect the health of the mother and new-born baby. These include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to Consult: When a midwife notices or should notice that a problem is occurring, he or she should consult with a doctor, or get you to a hospital immediately. Birth defects can be caused by issues during labor if they are missed or improperly handled.
- Failure to Recognize: Midwives are expected to recognize and appropriately handle issues that arise with the mother's health, or the health of the baby. If the midwife is negligent in looking for these signs, he or she can be held responsible.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Philadelphia
When a Midwife commits medical malpractice, and that malpractice causes harm to you or a loved one, you are entitled to bring a medical malpractice claim to receive financial compensation. The experienced attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian have the knowledge and years of practice to fight for your rights.
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