One of my friends recently went through a really traumatic pregnancy, birth and death of her baby. I wanted to know if the hospital was being negligent. Here are the facts as I understand them: She had bilateral ovarian teratomas aka dermroid She was placed on bed rest because she was about 12weeks pregnant and she began hemorrhaging from where the placenta was coming unattached. Had surgery November 5 2008 because a previous doctors visit showed that the baby was kicking at the tumors . . Found out that the end side of her cervix was funneling which meant she was at risk for early labor. . . Thanksgiving day she went to the hospital She was 23 weeks along The baby was 1 pound, 3 ounces The hospital staff said that the baby was too small and that it was cruel and inhumane to try to tube her This is all I know about the situation. Obviously, she wasn't really in any condition to talk about it at length. I read a bit on the internet about premies and it sounds like there was a small chance that the baby could have survived, but why didn't they do anything? My friend had to hold her baby for three hours until she died. Was there really nothing they could do for it? It just seems so horrible that they didn't even try to do anything. Are they negligent in any way?