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Are forceps too dangerous?

When a baby is having trouble being born, doctors will sometimes use forceps to help with the extraction process. Though these have been used for years, there are some serious risks and concerns that go along with them. Injuries that the child can face include:

-- Seizures.-- Bleeding inside the baby's skull.-- Fractures.-- Facial palsy -- a weakness of the muscles in the child's face.-- Face and eye injuries.

On top of that, forceps are not perfectly safe for the mother, either. Injuries that the mother could experience include:

-- Pelvic organ prolapse, which is when your own ligaments and muscles are weakened and the pelvic organs drop as a result.-- Wounds to the genital tract.-- Perineum pain.-- Issues urinating after delivery. These can include both difficulty and involuntary instances.-- Anemia because of extensive blood loss.-- A rupture or tear in the uterine wall, which may allow the child or the placenta to exit the uterus and move into the abdominal area.-- Urethra and bladder injuries.

As you can see, some of these injuries are very serious. While many babies are born without injuries, even when forceps are used, these issues are the reason that doctors are supposed to warn you of the risks before using them.

If the doctors did not warn you, or if you think other types of negligence injured you or your child while forceps were being utilized, you must know if you have a right to financial compensation. Having a child is already very expensive, and adding more medical costs can be daunting.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Forceps delivery," accessed Dec. 12, 2016

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