Forceps and Vacuum Extraction: Why They’re Dangerous

When it comes time for a mother to deliver her baby, there are various complications that can arise making it difficult for the mom to push on her own. This can cause serious problems if the baby is in a dangerous position for an extended amount of time.

However, doctors often rely on tools that aid in the delivery process such as forceps—which are clamps that grip the baby’s skull—and vacuum extractors—which work like a vacuum to suction to the baby’s head and help pull the baby.

While these can be helpful tools should the baby get stuck behind the pelvic bone, there are some risks that are associated with these aids. Improper use can lead to serious birth injuries in multiple ways. Here are some of the things you need to know.

With forceps, the doctor uses the clamps around the baby’s head and uses force to pull the baby out. However, in situations where too much force is applied, it can cause the skull to fracture and for the brain to sustain serious damage.

Similarly, with vacuum extractors, if there is too much force on the baby’s skull and brain, not only can it cause some temporary disfigurement to the head, it can cause serious trauma to the brain resulting in long-term damage.

Some doctors believe that these tools are more beneficial than a cesarean section, but it is up to the parent to decide whether or not they want to go through with the procedure. If done incorrectly, it could be considered malpractice and the doctor may be liable for any damages done to the mother or baby.

Our Albuquerque birth injury lawyers work with families after they’ve suffered a traumatic experience at the hands of a negligent medical professional. At the Law Office of James H. Wood PC, we work with those affected by a birth injury to pursue the most favorable outcome possible. You can count on us to do the same for you.

Call us today at (505) 906-6774 to discuss your potential case.

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