In our latest discussion I want to explore potential certified nurse midwife liability for a brain injured baby. In our context the brain injury is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.


Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) play a crucial role in maternal care, guiding expectant mothers through the childbirth process. However, when a baby experiences a birth-related injury, such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), questions regarding liability may arise. This article aims to explore the legal considerations surrounding CNM liability in cases of HIE.


Potential Certified Nurse Midwife Liability For A Brain Injured Baby


CNMs are highly trained healthcare professionals specializing in providing care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. While they often collaborate with obstetricians, their independent practice may raise questions about the extent of their responsibility when complications arise.


CNMs are responsible for monitoring the well-being of both mother and baby during labor. Failure to identify and respond promptly to signs of fetal distress leading to HIE may be grounds for legal action. Proper documentation of monitoring measures is essential for the safety of mother and baby.


In cases where complications, such as oxygen deprivation leading to HIE, arise, CNMs must demonstrate an appropriate and timely response. This may involve calling for additional medical support or making decisions about the mode of delivery.


CNMs can be involved in postpartum care, and ongoing monitoring of both mother and baby is essential. Timely identification of any signs of HIE-related issues and appropriate follow-up care are crucial components of liability prevention.


As suggested above, CNMs have their own independent obligations to patients. This means that they must be on top of the standard of care and practice in a competent manner regarding their patients. Potential certified nurse midwife liability for a brain injured baby is something that has to be understood when handling a birth injury investigation.


If you have questions as to the cause of your baby’s, HIE injury, give me a call at my contact information below. It costs you nothing initially to speak with me about your baby’s journey and I would be honored to listen to their story.


Marcus B. Boston, Esq.   

Boston Law Group, LLC

9701 Apollo Dr. Suite 100

Largo, Maryland 20774


1-833-4 BABY HELP

Marcus Boston is a Maryland medical malpractice attorney who helps people navigate the Maryland childbirth injury and medical malpractice process to get money for their injuries caused by the carelessness of doctors and hospitals. BLG handles cases in Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and all other Maryland Counties. blgesq Maryland birth injury attorneys