Risks of Vacuum Extractor Use in Childbirth

When a woman is having a difficult birth, doctors in Connecticut will sometimes use delivery assistance tools such as a vacuum extractor or forceps. Because the use of vacuum extractors is increasing, many doctors are more comfortable with this tool than they are with forceps. However, vacuum extractors are not safe to use in every birth, and there are some inherent disadvantages to vacuum deliveries.

Vacuum extractors are only safe for use during childbirth when a baby is full-term. If a doctor uses a vacuum extractor during the delivery of a baby that has been gestating for less than 34 weeks, the baby could have a serious risk of bleeding in the brain. Even when used for full-term deliveries, vacuum extractors are associated with a higher rate of intracranial hemorrhage.

There have been several different studies that demonstrated that vacuum extractors were less successful than forceps for delivering babies. One of the problems with vacuum extractors is that the vacuum cup can be difficult to place correctly, and it can become dislodged. Further, a vacuum extractor can only be used while a woman is having contractions, so vacuum-assisted deliveries tend to take longer than forceps-assisted deliveries.

If a doctor uses the wrong delivery-assistance method or uses a delivery-assistance tool improperly, a baby could suffer from a birth injury as a result. A family who believes that their baby was injured during childbirth might have a case for filing a medical malpractice claim. Because this type of claim typically involves a great deal of investigation, many families decide to seek help from an attorney.