A couple in Portland, Ore., blame a water birth for severe disabilities affecting their 3-year-old son, and are asking a judge to shut down the water-birth program offered by Legacy Health System at five hospitals in the state.
Amy Benton and Matthew Marino are also seeking $ 35 million for the care and suffering their son Luca, who has cerebral palsy, hearing damage and will need special care for the rest of his life, their suit claims.
The parents claim they were not informed of the dangers of giving in birth in water and that Legacy staff did not resuscitate their son after his botched birth in time enough to prevent brain damage, according to The Oregonian. They also claim there were midwives at their son’s birth, but no obstetrician.
Benton and Marino Luca’s delivery method deprived him of oxygen.
Legacy Health declined comment, citing the pending litigation.