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Traumatic Forceps Birth and Vacuum Extraction Delivery Injury

Traumatic forceps birth? Childbirth can be a very emotional and very painful experience. Emotions are already heightened when anticipating the birth, but the worry of having a healthy baby is even greater! A traumatic forceps birth that results in injury or death of a newborn can cause emotional and psychological damage to the mother. This impact is enormous. The lack of control over the situation and the knowledge that the doctor has your baby’s life and well being in their hands leaves questions when it comes to birth injuries.

Injury can occur during forceps birth or from use of a vacuum extraction delivery. If this has happened to you or someone you know, then contact our Birth Trauma Lawyers for legal advice on the birth injury case.

A few of the birth injuries that birth trauma lawyers handle include:

  • Forceps birth injury
  • Subgaleal hematoma
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Nerve damage
  • Vacuum Extraction

The pressure from a forceps birth can conflict enough force to cause a corneal injury and cranial depression. The twin steel blades (forceps) in the delivery may leave a severe occipital depression during forceps birth. These injuries are caused when the physician places the forceps around the baby’s head, locks the blades in place and forces the mother to bear down as the doctor pull the baby’s head out followed by the body. This method of delivery may cause contralateral skull depression and is easily diagnosed as forceps induced corneal decompensation.

Forceps birth is used as a method of delivery in the following circumstances:

  • Baby’s head does not descend
  • Epidural complications
  • Exhausted mother
  • Breech birth

The alternative to forceps birth is vacuum extraction. This procedure uses a vacuum extractor that attacks to the baby’s head using suction and pulls the infant down the birth canal. Even when the mother has contractions to help, head injuries may be unavoidable. The vacuum suction cup from the pump leaves bruising and possible internal skull bleeding.

Child birth complication injuries from the vacuum extraction may include:

  • Bleeding in the space between the scalp and the skull
  • Bleeding within the skull

Injury can occur during forceps birth or from use of a vacuum extraction delivery. If this has happened to you or someone you know, then contact our Birth Trauma Lawyers for legal advice on the birth injury case.

 

 
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Seventh Cranial Nerve Palsy can be a result of Birth Trauma.

During the birthing process, damage to the facial nerve can occur. This can cause paralysis on the side of the face that the damaged nerve is located at. In severe cases, the entire side of the baby's face can be completely paralyzed.

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Serious injuries can occur during breech deliveries.

Some birth injuries are so severe that they can cause death to the baby. The most severe birth injuries include spleen ruptures, liver ruptures, fracture dislocation of the cervical spine and intracranial hemorrhaging.

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Other common birth injuries include Brachial Plexus injuries.

A brachial plexus injury occurs when damage is done to the brachial plexus and paralysis occurs; the brachial plexus is a network of nerves that affect the arm, hand, and shoulder.

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