Updated April 21, 2021
Forceps delivery is a type of assisted vaginal delivery that is sometimes needed in the course of vaginal childbirth when the infant gets stuck. During this procedure, the doctor uses forceps–an instrument that looks like oversized salad tongs–to help guide the baby out of the birth canal. The forceps grip the baby’s head to help reposition the baby, and this special instrument is typically used during a contraction while the mother is pushing.
Even though there is an increase in operative deliveries, the rates of forceps delivery have decreased significantly in the United States. This is because there is an increasing preference for vacuum extraction or for cesarean section (C-section) delivery when certain complications arise. These alternative options are oftentimes less risky and more effective, and some doctors are not trained in or comfortable with all operative vaginal delivery methods.
There are many reasons why your doctor could recommend a forceps delivery, such as:
There are also reasons your doctor could caution against a forceps delivery, such as:
Forceps delivery can result in complications for both mothers and infants. Although rare, there are specific risks associated with this delivery method.
Potential risks to mothers include:
Potential risks to infants include:
Some examples of negligence in forceps delivery include:
If you believe that your child has been injured as a result of forceps delivery, your first step is to reach out to a birth injury lawyer. An Indianapolis birth injury lawyer and staff can help you build a case and get you and your child the help you need.
With a strong and trustworthy attorney, you’ll have someone advocating for what’s rightfully yours. Contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham for a consultation to decide how to best move forward with your case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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