October 20, 2004
A jury in Harris County, Texas rejected a woman's claim that a vaginal delivery caused nerve damage to her newborn daughter.
In November 1998, Lisa Holm received prenatal care from Dr. Alexander Reiter and delivered Vencenza Robles on Jan. 17, 1999. Holm had previously had a large baby and her newborn weighed almost nine pounds.
Holm and Vencenza's father sued Dr. Reiter for negligence and medical malpractice, claiming that he promised to deliver the baby by cesarean section, but then chose not to do so. Dr. Reiter argued that he followed Holm's development closely and concluded that the fetus would not be dangerously large. He also argued that he employed all necessary procedures during vaginal delivery to ensure the safety of the child.