Vacuum and Forceps-assisted Birth Delivery

Women who are expecting in Connecticut might wish to understand when a forceps delivery may be necessary. Often, additional help in delivering the baby may be needed, regardless of whether the cervix has become fully dilated or not. In this situation, a physician may determine that either vacuum-assisted or forceps delivery is mandated.

In a forceps delivery, the physician places them on the baby’s head to guide it out of the birth canal. This may be essential if the mother seems too tired to continue to push, if there are symptoms of stress on the baby or if a medical issue causes too much risk to the mother to be able to continue pushing. The baby’s body positioning must be correct before forceps are safe to use. Forceps are most likely not needed in the majority of deliveries, unless the physician believes it is safer to the mother and baby to use.

The risk factors associated with forceps delivery are moderate. However, when assessing medical situations, unforeseen complications can cause injuries in any practice, regardless of how safe the method may seem. During a forceps delivery, the baby’s nerves could become injured or in worst cases, bleeding could also be caused inside the baby’s head. If the physician implements vacuum-assisted delivery and it is not effective, the mother may require a C-section.

Birth injuries occur far too often during the delivery process. Whenever the mother or baby is injured, serious repercussions to their health can be the result. Other complications may also arise, including prolonged recovery times, costly medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. In such a situation, a lawyer can help determine whether bringing a medical malpractice action is warranted.

Source: National Institutes of Health, “Assisted delivery with forceps”, accessed on Jan. 14, 2015