Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Perinatology
Ref. # 12728
A Massachusetts woman delivered a stillborn baby after many hours of labor. The fetal heart rate was reassuring at 0400. At 0530 the fetal heart rate dropped to 100 beats per minute for ten minutes. At 0630 the fetal heart rate was non-reassuring, which continued until 0740, when a second episode of fetal bradycardia occurred, followed by fetal demise. A medQuest maternal-fetal specialist opined that the care rendered was negligent: delivery should have been performed at 0530 and that if delivery had occurred earlier the baby would have lived.