Midwives are a common option for pregnant mothers who prioritize the natural
aspects of childbirth, especially when they prefer home births or private
birthing centers over childbirth in a hospital. Although midwifery models
of care aim to minimize technological intervention in favor of more natural
support and comprehensive care, midwives are still trained and licensed
medical professionals. As such, they can be held liable when they provide
substandard care that results in preventable injuries.
As qualified health care providers, midwives must receive training and
pass examinations in order to become certified. There are several types
of trained and certified midwives, including:
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) – CNMs are trained and licensed in both nursing and midwifery, and
are certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Often, CNMs provide
their services in hospital settings.
Certified Midwife (CM) – CMs are also trained and certified in midwifery by the American
College of Nurse Midwives, but they are not certified nurses.
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) – CPMs are among the most common type of certified midwives, and
are trained and certified in midwifery by the North American Registry
Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM) – DEMs are individuals trained in midwifery for home births or childbirth
at birthing centers. They may obtain training through apprenticeships,
midwifery school, higher education programs, or a midwifery school.
Whether mothers choose a midwife to facilitate their birth at home, a birth
center, or a hospital, they place their trust in these health care professionals
to treat them in accordance to an acceptable standard of care. Midwives
also routinely consult with physicians and specialists, including obstetricians
and perinatologists, who can monitor medical aspects of pregnancy, and
intervene if complications arise. However, too often midwives are simply
not qualified to manage a labor and delivery. In cases of high risk pregnancies
where mothers have gestational hypertension or diabetes only maternal
fetal specialists, also called perinatologists, should be managing such
pregnancies. Additionally, midwives cannot perform C-sections. When there
is fetal distress and time is of the essence to deliver a baby that last
thing needed is an unqualified care provider.
When midwives fail in their obligations to adequately monitor mothers and
babies during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, or otherwise commit acts
of negligence that cause harm, they can potentially be held liable for
birth injuries and victims’ damages. Midwife malpractice lawsuits center on proving
that a medical mistake more likely than not caused a mother or their child
harm, and that those mistakes could and should have been avoided had reasonable
care been provided.
Due to the unique nature of midwife births, medical malpractice claims
involving injuries caused by midwives can be a challenging endeavor. However,
they can be effectively handled with the help of proven attorneys like
those at Beam & Raymond. Our Chicago-based birth injury lawyers have
represented families across the United States in a range of birth injury
cases, and have recovered over half a billion in compensation for their
clients. We have the experience and insight needed to handle unique and
challenging issues involving all types of preventable birth injuries.
If you or someone you love believe birth injuries sustained by a mother
or a child during a midwife birth resulted from negligence, you may have
the right to pursue legal action and a financial recovery of your damages.
To learn about your rights, the birth injury claim process, and how our
legal team can help you,
contact us for a FREE consultation.