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The Risks of a Vacuum-Assisted Delivery

Apr 21, 2017 | Birth Injuries, Firm News

Pregnant women in Indiana should be aware of what a vacuum-assisted delivery is and the associated risks. Healthline states that this type of delivery involves using a vacuum extractor to help the baby through the birth canal. This option may be used to avoid a Cesarean section. As with any medical procedure, there are possible risks that could occur.

In most cases, a vacuum-assisted birth has fewer risks than a C-section, as long as it is performed correctly. The procedure may also be used if the baby is in distress. It could potentially save the baby’s life in a less risky way than trying to continue to deliver naturally or undergo an emergency C-section. There is still the potential that something could go wrong with the vacuum extractor or the procedure in general. Medical negligence may also play a role and lead to the procedure not being done right.

Both the mother and baby could face potential injuries. The Mayo Clinic notes that the baby could suffer from scalp bruising and bleeding, head trauma and damage to the collarbone or nerves in the shoulder during a vacuum-assisted delivery. The risks the mother faces are the same risks that would be faced with any vaginal delivery, but the chances of them occurring are increased with an assisted delivery. These include incontinence, perineum pain, pelvic weakness, and tearing. Mothers-to-be should keep in mind that most of the injuries they or their babies could face are usually minor and will heal quickly on their own.