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Prenatal care is the health care you receive while pregnant, including checkups, prenatal testing, and vaccinations. It can help keep you and your baby healthy, assist in detecting and preventing birth injuries, and aid in treating health concerns early on.
When a mother does not receive prenatal care, her child is three times more likely to have a low birthweight and five times more likely to die as a result. Regular prenatal care can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications, reduce the infant’s risk for complications, and help ensure that the medications women take are safe.
You should start getting prenatal care as soon as you are pregnant, but it’s even better to see a doctor before you get pregnant (pre-pregnancy care or preconception planning). The frequency of your prenatal care will be determined by how far along you are and how high your risk is for complications. However, the typical prenatal care schedule is:
During your first prenatal visit, your doctor should:
During later prenatal visits, your doctor should:
It is the doctor’s responsibility to actively monitor and treat prenatal care patients, and failure to do so could result in permanent injuries or even death for both mothers and infants. Negligence in prenatal care may include:
If you believe that your child has been injured as a result of negligent prenatal care, your first step is to reach out to a birth injury lawyer. An Indianapolis birth injury lawyer and staff can help you build a case and get you and your child the help you need.
With a strong and trustworthy attorney, you’ll have someone advocating for what’s rightfully yours. Contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham for a consultation to decide how to best move forward with your case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.