Birth Injuries from Forcep Use
Although no longer as common as it used to be, the use of forceps during delivery has been a hotly debated topic for decades. Forceps are a salad-tong-style tool used to help a baby through the birth canal during delivery by gripping their head and guiding them. In the majority of instances where they are used, it’s a last resort if normal pushing methods are not working for some reason.
However, the use of forceps has been contested due to birth injuries that can occur as a result. For expectant mothers who may need to consider alternative birthing methods, here are some of the possible reasons why you should avoid using forceps.
One of the more common injuries associated with forcep use is facial palsy. This is a condition where the muscles on one side of the face become paralyzed, often caused by damage to the seventh cranial nerve. This can result in an asymmetrical appearance to the face, as well as problems with eating, drinking, and speaking.
While the use of forceps is not the only cause of cerebral palsy, it is a possible factor. This is a condition that affects movement and muscle coordination caused by damage to the brain. It is a lifelong condition with no cure and can range from mild to severe.
In some cases, the use of forceps can result in traumatic brain injury. This is usually due to the baby’s head being pulled or stretched too far during delivery. Brain damage can lead to various problems, including seizures, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities.
Another possible injury associated with forcep delivery is skull fractures. These can occur when the forceps are used with too much force or if the baby’s head is pulled too hard during delivery. Skull fractures can be serious and require immediate medical attention.
How a Birth Injury Attorney Can Help
Your baby’s health and wellbeing are important to you, so knowing where to turn if their development has been impacted by outdated medical practices is essential. The attorneys at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC have experience helping families dealing with birth injuries seek justice against medical professionals who cause them harm.
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