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Clin Perinatol. 2007 Jun;34(2):345-60, vii-viii.

Medical negligence lawsuits relating to labor and delivery.

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Jamaica Hospital and Medical Center, Jamaica, NY, USA.


Most allegations in obstetric lawsuits against obstetrician-gynecologists relate in some manner to the management of labor and delivery; few solely involve perceived flaws in prenatal or postpartum care. Although many of these cases accuse the defendant of not having properly monitored the fetus during labor for signs of oxygen deprivation, there is in most cases an underlying allegation regarding proper decision making about the timing and route of delivery. A perspective on accusations relating to the failure to identify or to act on intrapartum asphyxia has been presented elsewhere in this issue. This article focuses on legal allegations that arise from the conduct of labor and the timing of delivery, independent of those related to fetal monitoring.

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