High Risks to Babies and Mothers from Forceps and Vacuum Delivery, Study Shows

Babies delivered with forceps or vacuum extraction are 80% more likely to suffer injuries and death than those delivered via cesarean section, according to a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

The study indicates that mothers are three to five times more likely to suffer trauma in a forceps or vacuum delivery than they are during a cesarean. Nineteen percent of the mothers whose delivery involved forceps had obstetric tearing characterized as severe. Twelve percent of mothers whose delivery involved vacuum extraction did, and 20% of mothers who had a combination did.

Vacuum extraction and forceps are both used when the baby suffers distress in the midst of delivery. Vacuum extraction utilizes suction to get the baby out of the mother’s birth canal more quickly. It has moved to the fore as an extraction method because of a belief that it is safer than forceps. In particular, it has been thought to greatly cut down any risk of nerve damage to the baby’s face.

But vacuum extraction itself is not completely safe. Bleeding inside the infant’s head or between the skull and scalp can occur. This can cause cerebral palsy, brain damage, and developmental issues.

The published CMAJ data cover more than 187,000 births in Canada between 2003 and 2013.

How Long Island birth injury lawyers can help

Sadly, birth injuries throughout the country affect approximately 7 out of every 1,000 children. The impact of injuries suffered at birth can be devastating and permanent. The attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye want to assure parents of children affected by serious birth injuries that they are not alone.

Our careers are dedicated to helping individuals who are harmed by the negligence of others. As a result, we are prepared to guide and assist you through the process of obtaining the recovery your family needs.

Few experiences are more heart-wrenching than watching a baby or child attempt to cope with a serious birth injury. Parents who find themselves in this situation often feel helpless and uncertain as to where they can obtain help.

The law provides remedies and the potential for financial compensation in the event their child’s injuries were caused by medical negligence.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have decades of experience helping parents during this time. We can provide advice and assistance you need to make critical decisions about their families’ futures.

Types of outcomes resulting in birth injury lawsuits

Every labor and delivery process is different, but there are certain types of birth injuries that occur with unfortunate frequency. The more serious events and resulting conditions that often merit legal claims include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Internal bleeding
  • Brain injury due to hypoxia
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Bone fractures
  • Umbilical cord strangulation

At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we have decades of experience in skillful handling of New York birth injury lawsuits, we have access to an unparalleled network of case investigators, medical experts and support staff. They meticulously analyze records and establish data on any injuries sustained. They gather and comb through the necessary evidence to make the most effective arguments possible on behalf of our clients.

Call the Long Island birth injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for a confidential consultation at no charge to you. We will fight for your rights.

Additional “forceps delivery injury” resources:

  1. Mayo Clinic. Tests and Procedures. Forceps Delivery. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/forceps-delivery/basics/definition/prc-20014741
  2. Mayo Clinic. Tests and Procedures. Vacuum Extraction. Why It’s Done. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/vacuum-extraction/basics/why-its-done/prc-20020448
  3. Muraca, Giulia M, et al. “Perinatal and Maternal Morbidity and Mortality After Attempted Operative Vaginal Delivery at Midpelvic Station.” Canadian Medical Association Journal. June 17, 2017. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/22/E764.full