Birth malpractice can happen to both the child and the mother. An expose on Vice talks about the stories of women who allege that doctors and other medical professionals abused them during childbirth.
The stories allege that they experienced violence during birth, including unnecessary surgeries, medications, and procedures. Some of the women also shared stories of verbal abuse by doctors for the pain they were experiencing or for not giving birth quickly enough.
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The stories of these women are gathered on Birth Monopoly’s Obstetric Violence Stories Map, which started in early 2019. Birth Monopoly is an organization seeking to expose abuse in maternity care and to educate parents on how to claim their rights.
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Proving malpractice in these kinds of cases is difficult at present. The goal of the obstetrician is to deliver a healthy baby and keep the mother alive. But while babies left with trauma have a chance in court, abuse to the mother may be ignored. That’s why these women are publicizing their stories.
We hope that more women who have experienced a traumatic birth get their stories out in the open. That is the first step to cultural and legal change. With enough evidence, it will be much easier for birth injury lawyers to pursue successful malpractice claims for the aftereffects of a traumatic birth.