The natural process of birth is routinely efficient and the vast majority of labors end with a healthy mother and child. But when things do go wrong in obstetrics, the reasons are often unclear. This Report analyzes 800 obstetrical medical malpractice cases from varied practice settings provides offering an in-depth exploration of the most prevalent obstetrical risks. Understanding the critical decision points that influence such scenarios is the first step in the task of preventing their recurrence.
65% of OB cases involve high-severity injuries
27% of OB cases allege birth asphyxia
20% of OB cases involve communication failures between providers involved in prenatal care