Earlier in the month, a Jefferson County Jury ruled in favor of a Mountain Brook couple. The pair sued Brookwood Women’s Medical Center for reckless fraud and medical negligence over an advertising campaign. The jury awarded the couple $16 million.
According to reports, the lawsuit was filed by attorneys on behalf of Caroline and J.T. Malatesta. The couple became pregnant with their fourth child in 2011. Caroline’s interest in natural childbirth was peaked after seeing a television ad from the medical center. The center emphasized individual birthing plans, water births, and mother’s choice. The couple met with a doctor from the center for more information before deciding on having their child naturally.
The Malatestas alleged that there was no freedom of movement during birth and that it was the “nurse’s way or no way.” While the child was not injured during the birth, Caroline has been dealing with chronic pelvic pain due to a nerve injury she incurred during the birthing process. She now has to undergo nerve block treatments and take medication to help control her condition.
Attorneys for the couple are hopeful that the verdict will mean that hospitals will be more apt to honor mother’s wishes and take a closer look at how they perform natural childbirths and assist during deliveries.
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