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Protect yourself in a hospital with good planning and witnesses

When you're preparing to bring new life into the world, you want everyone around you to be on board with the same goals. You need the nurses and doctors to be familiar with your medical history and birthing plans. They should know what choices you want if something goes wrong and even if it doesn't.

Medical negligence is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to an expectant mother. Instead of getting medications on time, she may not be able to receive them at all. She could have complications from not getting to the hospital in time. In some instances, a failure to provide care can lead to birth injuries or fetal deaths.

While you are experiencing your pregnancy, it's a good idea discuss your worries and concerns with your medical provider. If there are any red flags, like your doctor going out of town or your living far from the hospital, it's vital that you have a second plan of action. Your obstetrician and/or doula should always be able to provide appropriate care to you throughout your pregnancy and birthing experience.

If you are not getting the medical treatment that you need during your delivery or you believe something has gone wrong, it's also a good idea to have someone there who can advocate for you. You may not be in the position to get up or move around, but others can seek help for you and call the nurses if they aren't responding quickly enough. In a worst-case scenario, your advocate can later be the witnesses you need to prove your case.

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