Following the deaths of three newborns between October 2017 and February 2018 at a natural childbirth center in Cary, the chain’s co-founder said she welcomes state regulation of such facilities—while adding that her facility is not to blame for the deaths. A detailed article on the investigation is available here.
Birth centers allow women to deliver children without induced labor or pain medication while assisted by certified nurse midwives. While there is no formal state regulation of birthing centers, the North Carolina Board of Nursing oversees the certified nurse midwives who work at such facilities.
Inspectors from the state Division of Health Service Regulation examined the Cary facility. They interviewed staff, read patient records, checked employee credentials, and examined the facility’s procedures. The investigation resulted in a 36-page report, citing:
- Inadequate Medical Oversight
- Insufficient Overnight Staffing
- Inadequate Fetal Heart Monitoring
- Lack of Orientation and Follow-Up
- Improperly Stocked Equipment
- Inconsistent Cleaning Policies
All told, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services spent two months reviewing the Cary facility before issuing its findings—which identified 16 areas of deficiency.
The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion that family members can remember fondly for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, every year thousands of families will experience the pain and devastation of a Birth Injury.
Henson Fuerst is Here to Help
If your family has been impacted by any form of Birth Injury or trauma, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and the lifetime of medical care that your child may require. Call Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or fill out a free consultation form online to find out how our experienced North Carolina Birth Injury attorneys may be able to help.
When you call, you can discuss your case with one of our caring, dedicated Birth Injury team members. At Henson Fuerst, most of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless we win or settle your case. Some cases, however, are handled on an hourly or project basis depending on case circumstances and facts.
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