Doctor advised against a home birth, gets sued anyways

Are physicians now to blame for patients’ choices that go wrong?

It will fall to a Summit County jury to decide whether the mother was responsible because of the beliefs she held and the choices she made in opting for a home birth, or a physician is to blame because she failed to inform the mother of the risks involved.

In opening statements Thursday morning, plaintiff’s attorney James Casey said Dr. Kristin Trump is to blame because she never told the mother that she was at risk.

Marilena DiSilvio, the doctor’s lawyer, said the physician should not be held accountable “for choices she didn’t make, and for choices she counseled against.”