Despite the various advances made in medicine over the years, maternal deaths in the U.S. are still quite high. In fact, they’ve actually increased: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that from 2006 to 2010, 16 deaths have occurred per 100,000 live births, which is double the number from 23 years ago.
While it’s true that pregnancy is potentially dangerous for both mother and child, it’s important to note that many of the conditions and injuries that occur during delivery are preventable. It’s the responsibility of the doctors to ensure that their patients don’t suffer greatly from what is supposed to be one of the happiest and most memorable moments of their lives. If they’ve been lax in their duties, then they can be held accountable for any complication(s) that the mother and/or her baby will experience in the future. Joseph Lichtenstein, a respected birth injury lawyer from New York, has this as his personal advocacy.