Breech Baby & Medical Malpractice Law

Breech Baby & Medical Malpractice Law Find out what a breech baby is and how it can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Breech baby” refers to a situation in which a baby is positioned with his or her feet down rather than head down during delivery. It happens in about 3-5% of pregnancies and can lead to many complications, including the cutting off of the baby’s oxygen supply via the umbilical cord. A doctor has a duty to recognize a breech baby and take precautions to ensure a safe pregnancy.

If a baby is delivered in the breech position and suffers injury or harm, the parents may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor. A malpractice lawyer from Newsome Melton can help. For a free case evaluation, call 855-633-2757.

Liability for Complications from a Breech Delivery

Babies spend most of their gestation in the feet-down position. But in a normal, healthy pregnancy, the baby turns during the final weeks of pregnancy, positioning his or her head down to prepare for birth. In the rare case this step does not happen, a medical practitioner must act to promote a safe delivery. The doctor’s options include trying to manually turn the baby or, failing that, ordering a C-section delivery.

If your baby remains in the breech position late in pregnancy, your doctor should be able to feel through your stomach that the baby has not yet turned. A doctor who fails to take this step and hence does not realize a breech birth is taking place when labor begins has likely committed negligence. The same is true for a doctor who recognizes a breech baby but does not take aggressive enough steps to respond to the situation.

Risk Factors That Increase the Chance of a Breech Baby

Several risk factors make certain women more likely to deliver breech babies, including:

If you have one or more of these risk factors, your doctor should recognize it and be vigilant about screening you for a breech pregnancy as your due date approaches. A doctor who fails to take this step may be liable for malpractice if a breech delivery occurs and leads to the baby’s harm.

Call Newsome Melton Today for a Free Breech Baby Medical Malpractice Evaluation

The medical malpractice lawyers at Newsome Melton can help you recover damages from your doctor. If your baby suffered injuries from a breech delivery, we want to hear from you. We offer a free consultation and work on a no-win-no-fee basis. Call us at 855-633-2757 to speak with a team member today.


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