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Personal injury risk higher when delivering a baby on the weekend

In Arizona or elsewhere, should the day of the week that one goes into labor matter? Shouldn't the care received by medical professionals be the same, regardless of whether it is a weekday or a weekend? Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that a baby who is born over a weekend is at higher risk of experiencing personal injury -- as is his or her mother.

According to the study, women who deliver over the weekend are at greater risk of experiencing infections and other major complications during and after labor and delivery. The rate of stillborn and neonatal death is also increased. What it is about the weekend that may be causing these adverse outcomes?

One researcher believes that the "weekend effect," as this is being called, is a result of capacity strain. Hospitals may be understaffed and unable to appropriately handle the number of patients they receive on the weekends. This can cause performance issues, leading to medical mistakes. Not all researchers agree that this is a problem, but it certainly gives medical facilities reason to re-evaluate their resources.

When a woman prepares to bring her baby into the world, she should not have to be concerned about whether the hospital where she is delivering will have enough staff to take care of her and her little one. The same care should be provided every day of the week. If a personal injury is suffered by a mother and/or her child during labor and delivery, legal actions may be taken against those believed responsible. Medical malpractice claims that are handled effectively in an Arizona civil court or through out of court negotiations may achieve monetary damages for any recoverable losses.

Source: healio.com, "Weekend births pose higher risk for mothers, newborns", Dec. 17, 2015

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