Birth Trauma Relief
The birth of a new baby is one of the most stressful and most joyous times in any family’s history. The nursery is painted, tiny clothes have been purchased and put away, and colorful toys await a coating of infant slobber as the expectant mother is rushed to the hospital by her loving partner. When all goes well, the parents return home within a few days with a healthy newborn.
But things don’t always go well – and sometimes mistakes made by the medical staff have a severe and lasting effect on the life of the child, the mother, and the whole family.
If you are preparing to welcome a new baby, consider the following checklist:
- Select an experienced OB-GYN to deliver your baby. Don’t be afraid to ask about her training, and be sure she is open to your questions. Find out how many babies she has delivered and how she has dealt with complications that arose. Trust your instincts: If you don’t feel you can trust your doctor completely, choose someone else.
- Educate yourself on the ways your birth could go badly so that you don’t need lengthy explanations at the hospital if quick decisions have to be made.
- Keep all your prenatal appointments and discuss any issues with your doctor. He can’t treat what he doesn’t know about, and most doctors would rather answer a hundred useless questions than misdiagnose you because of the one question you didn’t ask.
- Make sure your partner or birth coach knows your health history and your preferences for an ideal birth. Task this person with writing down the names of every nurse, PA, or doctor who treats you, and with making sure you get help if things start to go badly.
- If there is a complication, insist that procedures be explained to you, together with their risks, so that you can make good decisions. Ask questions, if there is time, so that you can be sure you understand your options. If a decision must be made quickly, consider the advice of your doctor and then trust your instincts.
- Don’t be afraid to call for a pause if you think things aren’t going well. Sometimes even the best doctors make hasty decisions when they’re caught up in the drama of a tricky birth – it could be that your doctor will be able to suggest a safer method or procedure if given an invitation to breathe and consider.
If you or your baby suffered birth trauma during delivery, an experienced attorney may be able to help you recover needed funds to ensure your recovery and whatever care your child may need in the future. At Duce Bastian Peterson, we would be honored to help your family heal. Contact us today for a free consultation.