Surviving a malpractice suit: Personal experience and general information


  • Christine Kuhlman CNM, MPH

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    • Chris Kuhlman has been a nurse-midwife in private practice since 1976 in Concord Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire and in an out-of-hospital birth center. She holds an M.P.H. from John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is a member of the Professional Liability Committee of the ACNM and is organizing a malpractice support network for the College.

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Few CNMs to date have been sued and fewer yet have been through the trauma of a malpractice suit. The following article is a synopsis of the malpractice process from summons through trial. Interspersed throughout are personal recollections and responses of one CNM who endured a two-week trial.