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Risks Involved in Vacuum or Forceps Delivery

However, there are many risks involved in these types of delivery methods.

Delivering a baby can be an intense and stressful process. It should be every doctor’s goal to deliver the child safely and without any incident. But unfortunately, there is an opportunity for several things to go wrong. For example, if the mother is having difficulty birthing the baby, then a doctor might decide to perform an extraction with forceps or vacuum. However, there are many risks involved in these types of delivery methods.

Vacuum Extractor

A vacuum extractor looks like a soft suction cup on the end of a vacuum. It works by the doctor placing the suction cup end against the baby’s head to use light suction from the vacuum. A vacuum extractor isn’t necessarily for pulling out the baby as much as it is used to adjust their position in the womb for a smoother delivery. But there are a lot of ways that things could go wrong during a vacuum delivery. Some of the injury risks involved with vacuum extractors include skull fracture, fetal stroke, cerebral palsy or Erb’s Palsy, retinal hemorrhages


Forceps are metal instruments similar to tongs. They are a common tool that doctors might use to deliver a baby. They are used to help to guide the baby’s head through the birth canal. But forceps are misused, there is a risk of injuries like brain and nerve damage, bruising, seizures, or injuries to the mother. Birth injuries almost always result in serious and life-altering effects. The baby and the mother are both especially vulnerable during the birthing process. If a doctor does not act carefully when using forceps or a vacuum extractor, then it can leave lasting injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered the consequences of birth injuries, then you should speak with a medical malpractice lawyer.

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