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Sometimes doctors have to use forceps to help an unborn child get through the birth canal safely. It’s a method that has been used for many years to assist with ensuring a smooth delivery process. Unfortunately, there are times when the use of forceps does not go as planned because an excessive amount of force is used. Under these circumstances, there’s a possibility that the child will be injured. In fact, there’s even a chance of long-lasting or permanent injuries, which can include irreversible brain damage, Erb’s palsy or death.

There’s a reason why medical professionals are required to receive an extensive amount of training, not to mention the years of education that’s necessary to obtain the proper credentials. Physicians, obstetricians and midwives use many different tools to assist with the birthing process, though forceps is a tool that used most often. It’s perhaps why the number on injuries caused by forceps during the delivery of babies is alarmingly high. Not only is the number high, it has increased in recent years and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Although doctors are aware of the problems caused by forceps, they continue to use them as a tool to help babies maneuver through the vaginal canal. Forceps are placed around the head of the child and pulled while the mother has contractions. Sometimes the forceps allow the doctor to get around anything that’s in the way to facilitate a more seamless birth. It’s a procedure that requires skill and training to perform correctly and without error.

In order for the use of forceps to work effectively, it’s important for the cervix to be fully dilated. There are some instances when forceps are used to avoid the need for a Cesarean section and decrease the amount of time it takes to deliver the baby. There have been many occasions when complications arose while using forceps, such as devastating damage to the baby’s skull. There’s also the chance of damaging the baby’s spine. While any potential problem is troubling to parents and family members, the brain death of a child is an issue that’s especially devastating.

Some of the other potential dangers of improperly using forceps include bruising, swelling, injuries to the face and brain bleed, to name a few. It’s common for brain bleed to cause seizures and other problems, such as cognitive deficiencies. It’s not just the baby that’s at risk, it’s also the mother. The use of forceps can cause the mother to experience a bladder injury, urinary incontinence, anemia, genital tract lacerations and perineum injury. There are a long list of problems that can affect both the baby and the mother.

Use of forceps should only occur when the doctor is familiar with proper techniques. The doctor must also know when it’s not appropriate to use forceps. For example, they are only allowed in the second stage of labor. If not handled properly, there can be issues with nerve trauma, bleeding beneath the child’s skin and intracranial hemorrhaging, in addition to the aforementioned injuries. It’s worth noting that intracranial hemorrhaging can cause brain damage or death.

There is widespread concern by doctors about the number Cesarean births that occur these days. Generally speaking, doctors prefer to deliver babies vaginally whenever possible. This is one of the reasons why a doctor would choose to use forceps instead of making the decision to perform a C-section. Unfortunately, there are instances when the emergency decision to perform a C-section should be made for the safety of both the mother and the baby. A doctor should not use forceps in cases when it clearly is not the best decision.

Despite the frequency in which forceps are used by doctors around the world, there are some that consider the use of forceps to be so dangerous that they never use them. There are even healthcare professionals that once used forceps regularly but removed the tool from their practice because of the potential dangers. Some believe having the right skill level and sufficient experience is enough to overcome any potential problems.

There was a statement issued by the World Health Organization regarding their Safer Surgery initiative. This statement specified that reports concerning the use of forceps and associated injuries to both babies and mothers should be considered if a doctor wants to facilitate the safest delivery possible. In other words, the World Health Organization believes the use of forceps is problematic, even when clinicians are properly trained.

While it seems as though the warning issued by the World Health Organization would deter a lot of doctors from using forceps, it has not had a significant impact and the number of related injuries has not decreased. If you or a loved one has been affected by the use of forceps during the delivery of a baby, contact Zayed Law Offices for a consultation and to obtain guidance from experienced attorneys.

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