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Home birth trend raises questions about risk of birth injuries

New York is no stranger to falling subject to the latest crazes and trends. However, a recent trend goes much further than fashion or diet. More and more New York residents are opting for home births, instead of going to a hospital to deliver.
On a national level, home birthrates comprise less than 1 percent of deliveries, but this number is climbing quickly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, home births increased 50 percent during 2004 and 2011. New York has seen an even greater increase at 71 percent, with a total of 2,130 home births during 2011.
There may be a reason why New Yorkers are so quick to jump on this bandwagon. In bigger cities, residents generally live closer to at least one hospital or medical center. This fact is important, if it does become medically necessary for a mom to transfer to a hospital during labor. Also, a state law requires state insurance providers to pay some of the costs related to a home birth, and the insurance provider does not take into consideration the network of the midwife.
People may also have personal reasons for opting for a home birth, such as to have a natural birth or avoid invasive procedures, like C-sections, which reach a rate of almost 40 percent of births in New York hospitals. Other families just like the idea of having only loved ones around during the special time, instead of a gaggle of doctors and nurses.
As with any medical trend, there are opponents who say that the home birth option is dangerous. Nonetheless, regardless of what a mother chooses for delivery, there are some inherent risks in delivering a baby, and certain situations always require medical intervention.
If a medical professional of any nature acts negligently during the labor and delivery process and a child or mother is injured, the victim needs to talk with a New York birth injury lawyer. The consequences of a birth injury can be severe and lifelong, and, certainly, warrant a dedicated focus on recovering adequate compensation to cover the injuries of the victim.

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Jay W. Dankner

JAY W. DANKNER was born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from law school in 1973, he joined the firm of the legendary, Harry H, Lipsig, under whose tutelage he learned the intricacies of civil litigation and trials. He tried and won his first case against General Motors in a case involving a design defect within weeks after his admission. Thereafter, he focused his attention on the emerging and developing field of law known as products liability litigation.

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