Last week, we wrote about the importance of quality perinatal care. Even if expecting mothers do everything they can to ensure that the baby is born healthy, medical negligence during delivery can lead to debilitating birth injuries. Bad medical advice or unnecessary medical procedures can also increase the risk of birth injuries or pregnancy complications.
The results of a recent survey show that many pregnant women undergo invasive interventions and medical procedures without full knowledge of the risks and alternatives. In certain areas, perinatal care recommended by the doctors or staff does not follow established best-practice guidelines. The survey was conducted by the non-profit group Childbirth Connection, and included responses from 2,400 women who recently gave birth.