During a woman's pregnancy, she will attend several appointments with her doctor or hospital to monitor the baby's health and progress. This should be managed by the woman's health care provider, and it should be tailored to some extent to the woman's particular situation. For example, studies have shown that there are increased risks for women who are over the age of 35. Additional tests may need to be conducted for older women in order to look out for the health of both the mother and the baby.
The doctors and the hospital have the legal duty to provide adequate care throughout the pregnancy. Unfortunately, complications can occur during delivery, and these complications can lead to birth injuries. While birth injuries are sometimes unavoidable, they can also be due to a failure on the part of the doctors and other health care providers, and it could constitute medical malpractice.