Having a baby is supposed to be the most memorable time for parents, but
there are some situations when unexpected complications may occur. When
complications do arise, the obstetrician, nurses, and other medical professionals
may take action to rectify the situation and get things going smoothly.
One decision that may be made during a complication is the one to add
tools such as forceps or a vacuum extractor. It’s important to know
why these tools are used and what kind of impact they can cause.
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Why These Tools Are Used
Forceps and vacuum extractors are used to help aid the mother during the
delivery process when either the baby is in an unfavorable position or
the mother is having trouble delivering naturally. The forceps may be
used to help maneuver and reposition the baby, aiding in an easier delivery.
Vacuum extractors are often used when the mother is having a hard time
delivering on her own and uses suction to help the baby out.
The Benefits of Forceps and Vacuum Extractors
When used correctly, forceps and vacuum extractors can help tremendously
and avoid some of the potential problems that may occur due to a breech
birth or prolonged labor. They can also help in situations where the baby
may be experiencing umbilical cord strangulation and emergency delivery
is a necessity.
The Potential Issues Involved
While forceps and vacuum extractors have been used successfully for many
years, there are times when the obstetrician delivering the baby may be
negligent in the use of these tools. For instance, if not applied correctly,
a vacuum extractor can cause significant damage to the baby. Similarly,
if forceps are used with too much pressure, trauma can occur resulting
in a birth injury, having long-term effects on the baby.
Parents should be aware that they have the power to decline the use of
certain tools if they feel it will do more harm than good. If something
happens, the family of the baby who was injured may be able to take legal
action against the negligent doctor who caused the damage due to improper
use of forceps or vacuum extractors. Hampton & King is here to represent
victims of birth injuries and we know how to protect your rights every
step of the way.