August 30, 2008

Studies Show the Possibility of a Relationship Between Cesarean Delivery Rates and Medical Malpractice Rates

by Levin & Perconti

University of Connecticut studies show that there may be a relationship between cesarean delivery rates and medical malpractice rates. Normal vaginal delivery is considered safer than a cesarean delivery for both mother and baby if the birth is uncomplicated, however cesarean deliveries are recommended for any complications. The rising number of cesarean deliveries may have caused the mean premiums for medical malpractice insurance for obstetricians to increase from less than $80,000 for an individual physician to more than $120,000. Many medical malpractice lawsuits come when a baby is not born using the cesarean delivery and has poor fetal outcome. Doctors argue that these deliveries are risky for the mother of the child, and the decision to perform a cesarean is a great one. Nationwide, cesarean deliveries account for 30.2 percent of all deliveries in 2005, compared to 20.7 percent in 1996. To read the full story, click here.