Lawsuit Filed for Childbirth Death
A birth injury lawsuit was recently field by the state Department of Health against a midwife who reportedly failed to successfully deliver a set of twins in an at-home birth.
During the 2005 births, the twins were delivered in compromising positions, which caused one of the babies to die only days after being born.
State Guidelines Ignored
On November 28, 2005, midwife, Leslie Gesner attempted to deliver the two babies and according to the Department of Health she failed to follow the state’s safety guidelines.
Gesner, who is also a licensed nurse, is being accused of negligence and the Department of Health says she should have known better than to try to deliver a baby who was in a breeched position.
According to reports, during the delivery one of the baby’s umbilical cords got trapped in the birth canal and the baby had difficulties receiving enough oxygen.
Only a few days after the babies were delivered via Caesarean section at the local hospital, the baby enduring the complications passed away.
Midwife Faces License Suspension
Like many midwives, Gesner works outside of hospitals, typically at the homes of her patients.
If no settlement can be reached between the Department of Health and Gesner, the case could go before a health-law judge.
(Source: The Bellingham Herald)
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