ASHEVILLE, N.C. – This week, a North Carolina obstetrician was ordered to stop delivering babies. Why? Because three deliveries have resulted in death.
According to The Asheville Citizen-Times, the North Carolina Medical Board has ordered Dr. John David Hayes to stop practicing medicine. While the order is temporary, it could be permanent depending on the outcome of an investigation.
Dr. Hayes received his license to practice medicine in the state in 2002. The doctor focuses on assisting women and their partners who desire home deliveries in lieu of giving birth in a hospital.
According to board documents, three babies died during or immediately after birth. It is not immediately clear how the babies died or how the board of medicine came upon the information. An unnamed expert has called Dr. Hayes’ style of medicine “below the standard of practice and care for doctors practicing in North Carolina.”
Should Hayes continue to deliver babies in the state, he is at risk of the immediate loss of his license. An investigation of the babies’ medical records will determine whether or not Hayes will be permitted to retain in medical license or face disciplinary action.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
Home births are gaining in popularity across the nation. Families are foregoing traditional medical care and pursuing birthing options that are personalized and intimate. Should you pursue this type of option, it is vitally important that you conduct a fair amount of research into the process and into the professionals you will choose to assist you.
Before you choose a midwife or physician, be sure to research the licensure they hold. Anyone assisting you in your birthing process should be legally able to do so in the state of North Carolina. You have every right to access any disciplinary actions taken or complaints filed against that person.
If you are not comfortable with the person you choose, for any reason, look for someone else. Trust your intuition. You do not want to put the health and life of your baby in the hands of someone you do not have complete faith in.
Have a backup plan. You should know exactly what will take place should it be determined that you or your child’s health or life is at risk. Will you be transported to a hospital? How and at what point? Having these things decided prior to your labor and delivery will help to ensure that things proceed safely.
If you or your child has been injured during the birthing process, you have rights. Contact our attorneys immediately. We can fight for your rights and the rights of your child. Call now.