Monitoring pregnant women with congenital heart disease

Finding out that you are pregnant is frequently an exciting event for women in Pennsylvania. Despite it being a joyous moment, it can also be a concerning time for those mothers-to-be that suffer serious illnesses and diseases. While it is still possible to have a successful pregnancy with some of these diseases, this situation requires much medical attention and ongoing monitoring. The failure to monitor during pregnancy is not only a negligent act but could also be the medical negligence that leads to a harmed infant or injured mother.

Medical researchers have confirmed that it is possible for women with congenital heart disease to have a healthy and successful pregnancy. But this is not a possibility without much help from an experienced team of medical providers. In fact, the American Heart Association urges that pregnant women with congenital heart disease need to work closely with their doctors prior to, during and even after their pregnancy.

Previously, women with congenital heart conditions were told that they would never be able to have babies, but this is no longer true. Medical providers are required to use a higher degree of care with these pregnancies. This means more planning and monitoring throughout the pregnancy, during delivery and after the birth of the baby. The health of the mother is an ultimate concern with these pregnancies and deliveries; therefore, medical professionals owe a specific duty to these patients.

If a woman is not properly monitored during or after her pregnancy and she suffers harms, this could be a cause for a medical malpractice action. A pregnancy-related injury could be the cause of OB/GYN negligence or delivery room negligence, and the failure of a medical professional to uphold his or her duty to a patient could be the result of injuries to the mother, her baby or both of them.

Source:, “Congenital Heart Disease In Women: Successful Pregnancy Still Possible,” Allan Alforte, Jan. 14, 2017