If you are an Oregon mom-to-be, you probably are thrilled with the thought of giving birth to a healthy baby. You therefore take all the advice you can get from your doctor and other sources about all the things you should do during your pregnancy to assure that your baby indeed will be born healthy. But are you as concerned about your own health as much as you are about that of the child you are carrying?
Oregon law requires any plaintiff to satisfy certain requirements during the course of a medical malpractice case, and those involving birth injuries are no exception. In particular, one must prove that an injury has occurred. However, silence and corresponding ignorance regarding preventable birth injury provides an environment in which mothers abandon their potentially successful malpractice complaints before taking the first steps towards retrieval of damages caused.
Expectant mothers in Oregon who have decided to have a home birth may want to rethink that decision. As reported in The New York Times, 2012 Oregon statistics showed that babies delivered in planned home births had a death rate nearly seven times that of babies born in hospitals.