Feature ArticlesLitigation in Perinatal Care The Deposition ProcessMiller, Lisa A. JD, CNMAuthor Information Perinatal Risk Management and Education Services, Portland, Oregon. Corresponding Author: Lisa A. Miller, JD, CNM, Perinatal Risk Management and Education Services, 2393 SW Park Pl, #310, Portland, OR 97205 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Disclosure: The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Submitted for publication: October 10, 2017; accepted for publication: October 31, 2017. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: January/March 2018 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 53-58 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000304 Buy Metrics Abstract Litigation in perinatal nursing represents a disproportionate share of indemnity payouts and results in excessive psychological stress. Testimony at deposition or trial can be challenging for clinicians; little is taught in training or postgraduate education regarding litigation. Nurses, midwives, and physicians can effectively navigate the deposition process and prepare for trial testimony by understanding the plaintiff's goals, recognizing the role of documentation, and becoming familiar with various plaintiff's strategies including reptile theory. Knowledge of psychological concepts such as confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance may assist clinicians in responding to plaintiff's lines of questioning. Deposition preparation is crucial to the defense and requires active participation on the part of clinicians; it may include mock deposition or use of simulation laboratories. Common mistakes in deposition may be avoided with foresight and anticipatory planning by clinicians working closely with risk managers and defense attorneys. This article provides an overview of the deposition process, including the plaintiff's goals and common approaches, as well as the role of documentation and common errors of deponents. Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.