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A vacuum assisted delivery can be dangerous

The birth of a baby for most Pittsburgh parents-to-be is an exciting event. Many parents opt to take birth classes prior to the baby being born in order to feel like they are prepared for anything. But, even the most well-thought-out birth can run into complications. Most of the time complications are not serious but occasionally a serious birth injury can occur.

During the delivery of a newborn there are certain complications that can arise. One complication is when a mother is not able to push a baby out and needs some assistance. The use of forceps is a traditional way to help guide the baby out, but a vacuum extraction is also a popular method. A vacuum extraction is when the doctor places a cup on the baby's head that is attached to a vacuum pump.

Although most vacuum assisted deliveries result in a healthy baby being born there are risks that can occur. If the vacuum is not used correctly there are a number of risks to the baby. These include brachial plexus injuries, a skull fracture, brain hemorrhages and cerebral palsy. If these conditions are left untreated they can lead to a lifetime of complications including paralysis and intellectual disabilities.

If a family believes that their baby has suffered an unexpected and serious injury from the delivery process they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney has the skills necessary to review medical records and consult with medical experts to figure out what went wrong. They can get the answers families deserve and hold medical professionals accountable for their mistakes. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Vacuum extraction," accessed on April 11, 2016

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