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Forceps & Vacuum Delivery Injuries

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Lifelong injury caused during childbirth should not go unaccounted for. If your child suffers from long-term or lifelong disabilities which resulted from a doctor’s negligence, it is your right to hold them accountable. As a medical professional, they have a duty to follow standards of care and when these standards are not upheld they must take responsibility for their actions. The

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Forceps & Vacuum Delivery

Birth injury primarily occur when forceps and vacuum delivery techniques are employed. When a baby is delivered using vacuum extraction, their head is guided out using a soft vacuum pump. Similarly, forceps are used during birth to facilitate the baby’s passage through the birth canal. In this case, the medical professional uses a tool resembling salad tongs which grip the baby’s head.

If forceps are used incorrectly, they can cause serious medical issues for the newborn. For instance, because the newborn’s facial nerves are so delicate, they can be seriously damaged if the forceps grip too hard. Also, one wrong position of the forceps can fracture or damage the newborn’s umbilical cord or skull, which can quickly cause the baby to asphyxiate.

Usage Tied to Cerebral Palsy Cases

As with many medical practices, forceps have fallen to the wayside and replaced with more advanced medical practices. Accelerating their obsolescence, the reputation of forceps has plummeted because of their link to incidents of cerebral palsy.

In the best case, vacuum delivery is employed by applying a soft plastic cup to the top of the infant’s head. This suction control is used by the medical professional to guide the baby through the birthing canal. In some cases though, the best conditions do not unfold and the birth becomes more complicated. Any type of trauma or injury to a newborn’s head during the birth process is poised to cause complications. Lasting neurological issues can result from these mistakes, including cerebral palsy. Disorders are not always evident though as some trauma manifests years after birth.


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