As many Middlesex County mothers already know, any number of issues can arise during the birth of a child that might require extra assistance from a doctor. One instrument that might be used is forceps. However, if they are not used correctly, a birth injury can result.

Forceps are often used to help deliver the baby’s head under certain circumstances. They may be used to deliver the baby faster or to deal with other abnormalities during the birth such as if the baby becomes stuck in the birth canal. Before they can be used, however, certain conditions must be met.

The amniotic membranes must be ruptured, the mother should have an empty bladder and her cervix must be completely dilated before the option of using forceps should even be entertained. Further, the baby has to be in the right position in the birth canal and should be face down. The obstetrician should also make sure that the baby is not simply too big to get through the vaginal canal (cephalo-pelvic disproportion).

If all of the conditions are right and the mother needs help with delivery, forceps may be used. However, the wrong amount of pressure and traction could have serious or fatal results to the baby. Injuries to the mother such as a ruptured uterus or bladder can also occur if the instrument is not used appropriately. In some cases, the risk of using forceps is too great, at which point a C-section should be done.

Having a baby is supposed to be one of life’s greatest joys, but that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if a Middlesex County obstetrician makes a mistake. A birth injury can affect the rest of your child’s life. If the birth of your child was assisted by forceps, and you believe that you or your child was injured through its misuse, filing an OBGYN malpractice suit might be appropriate. Successfully establishing negligence could provide you with much needed monetary restitution to help with current and future medical expenses as well as any other related financial needs.