I`m afraid it`s as absurd as it sounds! Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama will pay out a total of $16 million after they lost the lawsuit filed against them by Caroline Malatesta and her husband J.T. The married couple claimed that during delivery the nurse tried to delay the birth by pushing the baby back in.
The main reason they chose Brookwood as the place to have their fourth child was because the hospital promoted natural childbirth with the ability to walk around during labor along with access to wireless fetal monitoring and birth tubs. Another reason they choose this hospital was Malatesta`s previous unpleasant experiences while delivering the other three children and this time she wanted some freedom. It`s no secret that the hospital`s fancy advertising was also a big factor…
Because Malatesta’s baby came earlier than expected, her doctor was not on call and when her water broke the nurse on duty tried to postpone the labor by telling Malatesta to stop pushing. No need to say that this is easier said than done. Malatesta also wanted to switch into a more comfortable position on her hand and knees, but the nurse forced her to lie on her back.
Since the doctor was nowhere to be found the nurse tried to keep the baby from being delivered by literally pushing it back inside. This “battle” went on for approximately six minutes until the doctor finally arrived and her child was born just a minute later.
Fortunately the baby was fine, but the mom suffered nerve damage in the genital region known as pudendal neuralgia. Her pain now is “much worse than labor” because she constantly has to endure it in a form of sharp pins-and-needles and a burning sensation that almost never goes away.
At the beginning her pain was so severe she had no choice but to move back to her parents’ house for full time nursing. Due to her severe pain she had to spend most of the day resting or taking baths.