Child Birth Deaths Trigger Internal Review at South Shore Hospital

According to reports, South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA is conducting an internal review and has notified state officials after two women died from complications during childbirth in one month.

Hospital spokesperson, Sarah Darcy, said Sunday that the deaths last Wednesday and December 14 appeared to be “unpredictable” and “unpreventable”.

It is this writer’s opinion that it is unlikely that such a determination can be made until a full investigation of the circumstances can be completed.

Many times, complications that occur during pregnancy are not only predictable but are, in fact, preventable. When a doctor, nurse or a hospital act negligently or carelessly, serious birth injuries can occur and can even result in death of the pregnant mother, the child or both.

A difficult birth or injury to the baby or mother can occur because of the baby’s size or the position of the baby during labor and delivery. Conditions that may be associated with a difficult birth include, but are not limited to, the following:

Additionally, women may suffer from a variety of conditions due to pregnancy such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia (or “pre-eclampsia,” is a condition described as pregnancy induced hypertension) to name a few. It is critical that these conditions are monitored and treated properly to avoid dangerous, life-threatening complications during the mother’s pregnancy. For example, if not monitored or treated properly, women with pre-eclampsia can suffer seizures and even cardiac arrest.

This blog has reported previously on the alarming number of people that die each year from medical errors. According to a recent study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than was previously thought, as many as 440,000 a year!! You can see the blog here.

Tragically, due to negligence or carelessness by the doctor, nurse, or hospital, babies and mothers can suffer severe and life-altering injuries. When these mistakes occur, the negligent healthcare providers should be held accountable. Claims against doctors, nurses or hospitals may include claims for negligence, claims for emotional distress and even wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice and you would like to speak with a personal injury lawyer, please contact us to speak to one of the lawyers at Curran & Desharnais, P.C., Today at 781-618-3197 or 1-888-682-9194 or email Attorney Curran directly at for a free consultation about your legal rights.

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