The Effects Due To The Lack Of Prenatal Care Can Be Catastrophic For Both Mother And Baby
Prenatal care is supposed to help both mother and baby. But when hospitals, clinics and doctors don't follow up on test results, lab tests and other important information, the harm to the baby can be devastating.
The hospital made things worse by not administering steriods, or betamethasone, to the mom to promote fetal lung maturity (because the lungs had not developed to the point the baby could breathe on his own yet). Administering steroids to the mother has been the standard of care since the early 1990s - and not following this established patient safety rule was malpractice in D.C.