Last time, we began looking at the difference between C.P.M.s and C.N.M.s, two different types of midwives, particularly with regard to differences in their training. As we noted, 28 states currently allow C.P.M.s to practice, and the risk with this is that untrained midwives may not be competent to handle complicated deliveries.
A recent op-ed in the New York Times took a look at the interesting topic of home births, specifically the risks involved. As the article points out, very few American women opt for home births, and those that do take a risk in doing so, both for themselves and for their child. From the perspective of standard medical practice home birth is considered to be dangerous, particularly for women prone to complications.
Readers may remember that comedian Joan Rivers’ death in September of 2014 was followed by allegations that the New York City clinic where she received care in her last days was responsible for her death. The comedian’s daughter, Melisa Rivers, subsequently sued the clinic for medical malpractice. Now, it appears, that case has settled.
For many families, the birth of a child is an exciting and happy time. Ideally, the labor and delivery process goes smoothly, and a happy, healthy infant joins the family. But sometimes the story does not have a happy ending. In some cases, the negligent or reckless action of a medical professional can result in injury or death to the newborn or mother. Those who find themselves in these situations will likely have a number of questions, such as: