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A forceps delivery can lead to serious injuries


Pittsburgh residents who are expecting the birth of their baby are usually filled with excitement and maybe some anxiety as well. The birth of a baby usually goes as expected with very few complications. But occasionally a birth injury occurs that is unexpected and makes a joyous situation suddenly very sad.

One type of injury that can occur during the delivery process is an extractor injury. A forceps delivery can have some serious consequences. Forceps are occasionally used during a vaginal delivery. During the delivery the medical provider applies the forceps, which look like salad tongs, to the baby's head to help move the baby out. It is used when the labor isn't progressing or if the baby needs to be delivered immediately.

There are risks to both the mom and baby during a forceps delivery. Moms can have tearing of the genital tract, tears to the perineum, urinary or fecal incontinence, a uterine rupture, pelvic prolapse and other conditions. A baby can suffer from facial injuries, facial palsy, eye trauma, skull fracture, bleeding in the skull and seizures. These injuries can be very serious and cause the baby to need additional medical intervention.

If a family believes a medical provider caused a forceps delivery injury they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical professionals to try and determine what caused the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Forceps delivery," accessed on Sept. 8, 2015

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