How do we deal with the legal risks?

Michael L. Socol*, Donna K. Socol

*Corresponding author for this work

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Do obstetricians as a profession risk losing credibility as cesarean section rates continue to rise to once unimaginable levels? Physician practice style and fear of litigation have contributed to the escalation in abdominal delivery but so have societal expectations and patient perspectives. At the same time, some patients are so motivated for a vaginal delivery that they choose to have a home birth after cesarean section as opposed to submitting to a repeat cesarean delivery. Amid a medical-legal environment that "exerts a chilling effect on a trial of labor," what is the obstetrician to do?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1014-1020
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • caps on noneconomic damages
  • expert witness oversight
  • health courts
  • medical liability system costs
  • medical liability system reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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