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Midwives perform many useful and important functions. Particularly for families who are interested in more “natural” birthing options, a midwife can be an important addition to the labor and delivery team. But it is important to remember that, despite training in delivery and nursing, the majority of midwives are not physicians – and are neither qualified nor trained to deal with certain high-risk issues that can arise during labor and delivery.

This can make it dangerous to rely on a midwife alone, both for the mother and the baby.

Midwives cannot perform a caesarian section. When an emergency arises, a midwife should contact hospital staff and physicians immediately to save the mother and child. Failure to perform a C-section in time can result in serious birth injury from oxygen deprivation. This can include increased risks of your child developing:

Tragically, some babies do not survive when emergency medical treatment is withheld. If treatment was withheld by a midwife who failed to call for assistance, you may have the right to hold that person accountable and seek compensation for your child’s injury.


The birth injury lawyers at Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King have decades of experience helping families who are dealing with a birth injury. Founding partner, Lance Lourie, even worked for insurance industry defense firms, learning the tricks and tactics these companies use to deny children and their families justice. With this knowledge, a team of medical professionals, and an unwavering commitment to helping families who have been forced to deal with a birth injury, our legal team is here to investigate your claim, provide information about resources and legal options, and help you get the justice you are due.

Please call Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King at 404-760-7400 to schedule a complimentary case review at either of our Atlanta offices. If your child’s injury has made travel difficult, one of our birth injury lawyers will come to you to listen to your case and provide honest information about the best path forward.