During Birth: Safety Issues Involving Birth-Aiding Tools

In today’s day and age, assisted vaginal delivery is done in just 3 percent of all vaginal deliveries in the nation. With such a low rate of use, you would think there are no dangers involved, but this is not always the case.

The devices used—forceps and vacuum-assisted—are helpful in many situations, but there are occasions where problems can arise should a doctor be negligent in their use of the tools. We offer information regarding both tools and the problems that can arise.

The Use of Forceps

While not always used, this tool looks like two large spoons and is used to grasp around the baby’s head when the mother is having trouble delivering on her own. They’re inserted into the vagina and apply traction to guide the baby’s head through the birth canal.

When used improperly, the use of forceps can cause trauma to your baby’s skull and brain. Sometimes, the damage done is purely cosmetic and can heal over a short period of time. However, if enough trauma occurs, it can cause brain damage or trouble with the development of your baby’s brain.

The Use of Vacuum-Assisted Delivery

This vacuum device comes with a suction cup that is inserted into the vagina and onto the top of the baby’s head. The machine provides gentle traction to help guide the baby while the mother continues to push.

You are not likely to experience any problems, but should the traction be uncontrolled, it could be problematic for your baby’s health and physical appearance.

In the case of both tools, the doctor can make the recommendation to use them or may offer alternatives. You have the right to decide whether they should be used and protect yourself and your baby from potential harm.

If your doctor causes harm to you or your baby due to the improper use of birth-aiding tools, our Chicago birth injury attorneys can work with you to hold the responsible party accountable. You may be entitled to compensation to cover the expenses associated with the damages.

Call Beam Legal Team today at (866) 766-3806.

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