Vacuum Extraction Delivery
When used judiciously and appropriately, vacuum extraction devices for labor and delivery can be very helpful for mother and baby. Unfortunately, when the vacuum extraction device is used negligently or when there are contraindications that should have discouraged a doctor from vacuum extraction, mothers and babies are put at risk for serious, long-term and potentially life-threatening injuries. If you or your baby suffered from an injury during a vacuum extraction delivery, you need to contact a personal injury attorney with birth injury experience as soon as possible. It will be necessary to conduct an in depth investigation to determine if any medical negligence, errors or malpractice put you and your baby’s life at risk in the delivery room.
Sadly, vacuum extraction devices have nearly become the go-to for certain types of lengthy labors. It’s important to note that this isn’t the only medical intervention available to doctors and delivery teams, especially where there are dangerous contraindications present. In some cases, women were hardly given the chance to labor for long enough to move the baby through the birth canal before doctors go immediately to medical devices like vacuum extractors and forceps. Listed below are some very well documented contraindications for vacuum extraction deliveries that all doctors and labor and delivery medical teams should be cognizant of and observing.
Vacuum Extraction Delivery Contraindications
- Baby is premature
- Breech baby
- Failed use of forceps
- Doctor inexperience with device
- Mother has not been given a reasonable chance at laboring
- Large baby and small pelvis
Injuries to Mother and Baby
If a vacuum extraction device is used negligently, there is a risk of injury to both mother and baby. Depending upon the circumstances of your unique situation, you could have been facing short-term, long-term or even life-threatening injuries. Babies can be irreversibly injured during negligent vacuum extraction deliveries. Due to the danger and risk associated with this medical device and protocol, it’s essential that it be used as a late line of defense for a safe delivery. It should never be the first option that anybody jumps to. The risks are too high, especially if there are contraindications or any factors that can make the procedure more risky to mother and baby.
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Brain bleeds
- Eye trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Subgaleal hemorrhage
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Scalp injury
- Cervical injury/fracture
Mother Injuries Associated with Negligent Vacuum Extraction Deliveries
- Blood loss
- Fecal incontinence
- Urinary incontinence
- Perineum tearing
- Uterine rupture
- Bladder injuries
- Damage to pelvic organs
Doctor Inexperience with Vacuum Extraction Delivery
Vacuum extraction delivery is a high-stakes procedure. The stakes are high for mom and baby, so it’s absolutely critical that your doctor be well trained, experienced and qualified to do any procedure he or she attempts. This is your life, your body and your baby’s life and body on the line. You don’t want somebody fumbling around with a potentially dangerous device that doesn’t know exactly how to use it safely. Equally important as knowing how to safely and properly use the vacuum extractor device is knowing when to use it and when not to use it. Sadly, many of these irreversible injuries could have been prevented if only the doctor had properly identified the risks and contraindications associated with the danger of this procedure and opted for a safer alternative.
If your baby suffered from a birth injury during a vacuum extraction delivery, you could be looking at weeks, months or even a lifetime of supportive medical care. Likewise, if you suffered from injuries during the vacuum extraction delivery that are painfully impacting your life, you need somebody on your side fighting for your rights. The initial hospital expenses are just the tip of the iceberg, especially if you need additional surgical or therapeutic procedures, medications or if you’re struggling with daily pain and a severe negative impact on your ability to recover from labor and delivery. A personal injury lawyer with proven birth injury case experience can be you and your baby’s advocate as you focus on what’s important, feeling better and spending time together.
If you have been injured during a botched vacuum extraction delivery or if your baby suffered from a birth injury during a vacuum extraction delivery in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Birth Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate free case consultation.
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