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Malpractice Lawsuits Filed Against Midwife with a 30-Year History of Complaints

July 31, 2017

When serious injury or death results from medical negligence, compensation may be available to help ease the family’s financial burdens, but a medical malpractice lawsuit will take time. For most plaintiffs, a lengthy litigation process brings significant stress and financial concerns, including how to pay household expenses, medical expenses and more.

In 2014, an expectant mother sought out a midwife to oversee her pregnancy and deliver her baby. There was only one midwife in the area that would do home births. She was a licensed practical nurse, had 34 years of practice, and delivered more than 4,000 babies. Despite that experience, something went wrong for this mother-to-be.

A week shy of full-term, the woman passed several fist-sized blood clots. The midwife told her the discharges were normal and there was nothing to worry about, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the midwife. After four more calls to the midwife, the pregnant woman was seen. While under the care of the midwife, the woman continued to bleed and her contractions worsened. By the time the midwife checked the baby’s heart rate, it was no longer detectable. The baby was stillborn.

Sadly, this mother may not have been aware that the midwife has been subject to at least 22 complaints over the course of her career, and the health department determined all but three of them were serious enough to warrant investigation. Two other cases led to lawsuits; one is currently under appeal. Yet, despite her track record, this midwife continues to practice and the state Department of Health couldn’t answer why she has not been barred from delivering children.

The defendant is denying the allegations.

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