Examining the Potential Liabilities Associated with the Expanding Role of L&D Nurses and Mid-Wives in Obstetrics

November 18, 2021 11:15am

Michael G. Ross, MD MPH
Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health
UCLA School of Medicine (Los Angeles, CA)

Benjamin A. Post
Founding Partner
Post & Post, LLC (Berwyn, PA)

Gerald D. Jowers, Jr.
Partner
Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC (Baltimore, MD)

  • Understanding the role that midwives and L&D nurses play during the entire pregnancy, and the delivery process
    • Exploring why hospitals may or may not be opting for these licensed professions
  • Examining collaborative agreements midwives and L&D nurses have with hospitals
  • Evaluating insurance guidelines, supervision protocols, and identifying potential liability
  • Analyzing corporate negligence theories with respect to midwives, L&Ds, and hospitals
  • Determining the financial incentives plaintiffs’ attorneys have when a case is built against an L&D nurse
  • Exploring negligence theories used in cases involving mid-level practitioners related to dosages and timing of administering medications to accelerate labor and delivery
    • Assessing whether L&D nurses and midwives are equipped for early management and resuscitation of a newborn baby in a timely fashion
  • Analyzing outcomes: OB’s vs. L&D nurses and midwives