Can Birth-Assisting Tools Cause Birth Injuries?


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Today, we are talking about birth-assisting tools and how they can cause birth injuries. Birth-assisting tools were designed to assist with birth, to make the birthing process easier, and to end with a positive result: mom and baby healthy and happy, but that isn’t always the outcome. If you would like to learn more today about what to do when faced with needing to take legal action regarding a birth injury, just follow that link. 

One Reason Birth Injuries Occur

Unfortunately, sometimes birth-assisting tools can cause birth defects. Doctors and other medical professionals should always strive to deliver every baby in a manner that does not cause harm. For this reason, it’s important to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of birth-assisting tools. 

It’s possible that new medical research could come up with better ways of delivering babies that are “stuck” or are in distress without causing harm to the baby.

Benefits of Birth-Assisting Tools

Birth-assisting tools, such as forceps and vacuum extractors, were designed to help in the delivery of a child. The child might otherwise remain stuck in the birth canal. These tools can also help to get a child out of the birth canal more quickly than if they weren’t used at all. For a child in fetal distress, these tools could help save lives. Regretfully, they sometimes cause harm to the child.

Drawbacks of Birth-Assisting Tools

The drawbacks of forceps and vacuum extractors are obvious. Too much pressure on the head of the baby can cause brain damage, nerve damage, and other injuries that could last a lifetime. Doctors must learn to use these tools properly or other, better tools must be created that won’t result in brain damage for a child.

If your child sustained an injury during birth and you believe the use of birth-assisting tools played a role, you may be able to file a personal injury claim on behalf of your child.

Innovative Medical Technology 

We hope that this information will prove useful. There are some issues with birth-assisting tools that have been identified here and elsewhere. Hopefully, some new medical advancements can eliminate the need for birth-assisting devices that cause brain damage and other injuries to babies.