Q: My doctor recommended an early induction and then my child was injured during labor. Is this my fault?
First of all, you can't blame yourself for any type of induction related birth injury your child suffered. You are not a medical professional and at the end of the day, it's their job to help ensure a smooth, healthy delivery. Of course, there are certain situations where even the most experienced doctor cannot avoid a birth injury, but even then, it is still not your fault. However, how do you know if the doctor is at fault?
The first thing to consider is why the doctor recommended inducing labor. Were you overdue and the child was growing far too large? Were you or the child in danger of suffering a severe medical issue? Were their various complications that occurred during the pregnancy? If the doctor feels that you or your baby are at risk, they will sometimes want to move forward with induction as soon as possible.
If your pregnancy was completely healthy, do you know why your doctor recommended induction? Some doctors will ultimately recommend it simply because they don't feel like listening to the pregnant woman complaining anymore. This is an irresponsible action and their first priority should always be the health and well-being of the mother and baby. Mothers-to-be can get extremely uncomfortable and cranky in the last few weeks of their pregnancy, but this is not a reason to induce labor.
Figuring out if your doctor is responsible for your child's induction related birth injury can be confusing. If you want to know for sure, contact the birth injury attorneys at The Girards Law Firm for a free consultation at 888.333.9709.