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Raising a child is a rewarding but at times very difficult thing to do. When you have to do it alone, it makes it even more complicated. Parents in Massachusetts who go to a hospital to have a baby expect to go home with their newborn together. Unfortunately, pregnancy complications sometimes means otherwise, as two grieving fathers are now learning.

Typically, a childbirth-related death only happens two or three times a year in Massachusetts. However, in the span of just one month, two mothers passed away at one local hospital. Both women did get to see their babies before they died, and both fathers have family who can help them with the children.

While the hospital is defending its staff and one father noted that the medical team did “everything they could” to save his wife, the state Department of Health has launched an investigation. The 32-year-old mother suffered an amniotic fluid embolism and leaves behind four children, including the new baby. The other woman, 30, had just become a mother with this birth and passed away due to complications from the Cesarean section she had.

The Department of Health noted that such incidents are serious. Depending on the outcome of these investigations, the families of the deceased may be entitled to compensation. A fatal injury as the result of delivery room negligence should result in a medical malpractice suit, which is best initiated by an attorney. Family members may receive compensation for the medical expenses as well as for the inevitable pain and suffering they endure as a result of the loss.

Source: Boston Herald, “State investigating deaths of two women during childbirth at South Shore Hospital,” Jan. 21, 2014