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A vacuum or forceps delivery could be riskier than a C-section for mom and baby

May 4, 2018

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A military doctor has to be skilled in use of forceps and vacuum, and only use it in the right cases, to prevent serious injury to mother and baby.

A large study finds forceps and vacuum deliveries can lead to more physical trauma for a mother and baby than a C-section would.

Although forceps or vacuum delivery of a baby can safely avoid a c-section in some cases, the doctor has to be skilled in use of these instruments and make sure an “operative vaginal delivery” is appropriate for the baby and mother in each individual case.  Otherwise, as discussed in this recent study, these tools might cause more harm than good to both mother and baby.  Other studies have previously found that using both forceps and a vacuum increases the risk of harm to even higher levels.

If you or your baby was injured by a forceps and/or vacuum delivery an an Army, Navy or Air Force hospital, we will review your case to see if the military doctor’s negligence was the cause of your injuries.  You may call us at 1-877-695-8757 (24/7), e-mail us at LawHelp@MilitaryMedicalMalpractice.com or fill out the short from on the right side of this page.  Free consultations and there is never any fee unless we recover compensation for you.

Source  and to read more:  http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/22/E764  


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