Many years ago, doctors regularly utilized birth-aiding tools to help deliver babies. While these instruments are not as common today, there are still some situations when your doctor may consider using forceps or vacuum extractors.
Forceps and vacuum extractors come into play when your doctor feels you are having significant problems delivering the baby on your own. However, if he or she does not know how to use either of these tools, it can lead to severe injuries.
Dangers of Forceps
Forceps have a similar appearance to kitchen tongs. The doctor may use these to clamp your baby’s head and help pull your baby out of the birth canal during delivery. Too much pressure on your baby’s skull, though, can cause bruising, skull fractures, or even more damaging harm.
Because forceps are not as common in today’s delivery rooms, doctors don’t always possess the full training necessary to use them properly. Improper use is what can cause the doctor to injure your baby with the use of forceps, potentially leading to long-term problems.
Dangers of Vacuum Extractors
Vacuum extractors have a soft suction cup on the end of a tube that connects to your baby’s head and uses the force and pressure of the vacuum to help aid with delivery. While the most common injuries are superficial wounds to your baby’s scalp, it can cause internal issues as well.
Improper use of a vacuum extractor can result in your baby suffering from:
- Subgaleal hematoma
- Intracranial hemorrhaging
- Retinal hemorrhaging
The problems your baby may encounter can have long-lasting effects on his or her health. You should understand your rights to hold the doctor accountable for his or her actions.
At Parker Alexander, our Monroe medical malpractice attorneys are here to help you after a potential birth injury. We’ll investigate the possible causes of your baby’s harm, and we’ll work to build a strong case that focuses on bringing you justice and compensation.