Why are More Women Being Pressured into Having C-Sections?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to , in 2000, C-sections accounted for only 12 percent of all births. By 2015, 21 percent of all births were C-sections. Why? While there are many instances where C-sections are necessary, for example, if the baby is breach, if the placenta covers the mother's cervix, or if the labor isn't progressing as it should. Another case where a C-section might be needed is if doctors determine that the baby is in distress. However, there are gray areas. This is where doctors for the World Health Organization say that doctors may be over eager when it comes to recommending

2019-11-08T11:06:05+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Congress Looks at Childbirth Safety

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to NBC News, the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world. 700 women die each year due to complications related to their pregnancies. Another 50,000 are seriously injured due to childbirth complications. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with proper medical care. Researchers have found that when women go into labor, doctors may focus heavily on the health of the baby and fail to provide the mother with the same kind of intensive medical support she might need. According to NBC News, approximately 60% of all childbirth-related deaths could have been prevented had

2019-11-07T13:13:01+00:00October 23rd, 2018|

Jury awards $50 million for birth injury

Jury awards $50 million for birth injury On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The delivery of a child is an anticipated and anxiety-inducing event for many parents in Louisiana and all over the world. Unfortunately, some infants suffer a debilitating birth injury during delivery. Some are able to recover and lead normal lives, but many are not. Following the conclusion of a recent lawsuit, one family has been awarded a $50 million judgment for the injuries their child suffered during birth. The child was the first born child for the mother, and she went into labor naturally. According to the lawsuit, the baby's heart rate

2019-11-07T13:17:14+00:00October 17th, 2018|

Preventable Maternal Injuries Abound in the United States

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Friday, October 5, 2018. The United States has become the most dangerous country in the developed world for women to give birth, according to a USA TODAY report. This alarming statistic is highlighted in USA TODAY reporter Alison Young's Hospitals Know How to Protect Mothers. They Just Aren't Doing It. When compared to Germany, France, and England, there were more than twice as many incidences of maternal death in the United States from 1990 to 2015. In this country every year, more than 50,000 women sustain severe injuries during child birth, and approximately 700 women die, according to Young's investigation. But these numbers could be greatly reduced

2019-11-07T13:08:00+00:00October 5th, 2018|

Birth Center Deliveries: What You Need to Know

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Friday, October 5, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. Birth centers offer women an alternative to hospital deliveries. These centers often provide women a "home-like" setting in which to give birth, but they also provide the support of midwives and other professionals who can detect emergencies and intervene, if necessary. According to the New York Times, only 6 percent of women who seek to deliver through a birth center receive a C-section, as opposed to the 26% of women who seek to deliver through the hospital. C-sections, though common, carry some serious risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, babies born through C-section are more likely to develop a breathing

2019-11-07T13:17:41+00:00October 5th, 2018|

Medical malpractice lawsuit results in $130 million judgment

Medical malpractice lawsuit results in $130 million judgment On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Many Louisiana mothers have likely experienced the unexpected surprise of an earlier than planned delivery of a child. Understandably, mothers and physicians worry about the health of a child following a premature birth, but many babies are able to survive and thrive. One mother in another state experienced her own surprise with the early delivery of her child, but her child initially appeared to be healthy. In the weeks and months following the birth, the woman claims medical malpractice resulted in a life-long condition for her child. Recently, a

2019-11-07T13:06:06+00:00October 2nd, 2018|

The Dangers of Untreated Postpartum Depression: A New Kind of Birth Injury?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. Some of the most feared birth injuries are those that leave the infant injured. Improper use of forceps can lead to serious injuries in newborns. Problems and complications with delivery can lead to the baby receiving a lack of oxygen, and can lead to the development of Cerebral Palsy. Birth injury to the mother is another issue. Many women suffer life-altering injuries while giving birth. Only recently have doctors and activists begun to speak about the importance of getting mothers proper treatment during and after childbirth. Yet, there is one diagnosis that has the potential to impact both the baby and

2019-11-07T13:14:07+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Woman awarded $2.4 million after birth injury

Woman awarded $2.4 million after birth injury On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Thursday, September 6, 2018. When an injury occurs during the childbirth process, people in Louisiana may assume that the damage only occurs for the child. While there are several health risks for a baby, mothers can also suffer a birth injury. Recently, a jury issued a verdict in favor of a mother who claims to have suffered unnecessary harm due to the care of her obstetrician, and she was awarded $2.4 million. During childbirth, the mother suffered a rare uterine rupture. A uterine rupture places both the mother and baby at risk for complications and/or

2019-11-07T19:32:43+00:00September 6th, 2018|

Negligence leads to fatal fetal injury

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Pregnancy is, for many Louisiana residents, something to be celebrated. For many people, having a child is a part of what makes their families complete. Soon-to-be parents, especially first-time parents, can sometimes be overly cautious because any illness that the mother suffers has the potential to affect the unborn child. One mother's unborn child suffered an ultimately fatal fetal injury because doctors failed to properly treat her illness. In 2012, a 23-year-old woman went to a local hospital complaining of pain in her right side as well as a urinary tract infection. Doctors determined that the patient was suffering

2019-11-07T13:19:44+00:00August 8th, 2018|

Many Maternal Injuries During Childbirth Can Be Prevented

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. We often hear about the devastating effect of birth injuries on infants and newborns. There are many ways doctor's mistakes can leave a baby with serious and life-altering injuries. Hospitals have taken major steps to prevent infant injuries during delivery and right after childbirth, but in the process, they may have lost sight of the mother's health. According to ProPublica, 50,000 mothers suffer complications during childbirth and delivery. These complications can leave women facing high medical bills, trauma, and can also leave women emotionally devastated. Women suffer from a range of conditions, from organ failure, hemorrhages, and

2019-11-08T08:33:06+00:00May 15th, 2018|