When a baby dies or is injured during childbirth, it can cause emotional pain for parents. It can also increase liability costs for doctors who deliver babies, and it is one reason why many are being driven out of the profession. However, the rate of injuries and death during childbirth could be dramatically reduced with basic safety programs.
That is the finding of a report from one study that tracked the results of four hospitals over 15 years. One of the issues that was addressed during the safety training was effective communication. Breakdowns in communication were blamed for as many as 65 percent of catastrophic outcomes during childbirth. Another part of the safety training was the implementation of simulated deliveries, which allowed medical professionals to practice emergency situations during childbirth.