New parents living in Maryland may not know that on Jan. 14, an Oregon couple filed a $36 million medical malpractice lawsuit against a Portland hospital system, claiming a botched water birth caused their son's cerebral palsy. The boy was born in December 2011.
The lawsuit alleges that Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which is part of the Legacy Health System, incorrectly told the plaintiffs that water births were less risky than traditional births. The suit also claims the boy's mother was wrongly told that she was a good candidate for a water birth when her son should have been delivered via C-section. The complaint also accuses the hospital of not having a supervising obstetrician overseeing midwives and nurses during delivery.