Why is Maternal Mortality So High in the United States?

There is an assumption that death from childbirth is something that doesn’t happen in the United States. However, with an estimated 26 deaths per 100,000 live births, the United States leads industrialized countries with the highest maternal mortality rate. The U.S. has more than 3.5 times as many maternal deaths as in Canada and most Western European countries. Every year in the U.S., 700-900 women die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes, and some 65,000 nearly die. But what is causing such a high maternal mortality rate? It turns out there are multiple factors that may be Read more

Primary Care Malpractice

Primary care providers see patients who come to them with common, everyday medical problems. You see your primary care provider when you think you have the flu or a sinus infection. Depending on your insurance, your primary care provider can also be the gatekeeper of your access to specialists. Your primary care provider is usually the first doctor you see when something is wrong, and you trust him or her to provide you with appropriate medical care. But primary care providers can also make medical errors and can be liable for malpractice. Read more

Can Induced Labor Put a Baby at Risk?

A birth is induced when labor is artificially started through medical interventions. Although inductions, when correctly performed, are generally safe, it is essential to be informed of the potential risks involved. Read more

Medical Malpractice and Informed Consent

Most medical procedures involve some risk, and it is a doctor’s responsibility to fully advise a patient of these risks so that a patient can make an informed decision about whether or not to undergo a treatment, procedure, or test. To make the most educated decision possible, patients trust medical professionals to provide them with the most accurate and relevant information. This process is known as informed consent. Read more