A New York Birth Injury Lawyer Warns About Forceps Risks to Mothers

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As a parent, you want to protect your child during the often difficult process of birth. However, it is your obstetrician's job to protect both you and your baby during childbirth.

One way that a doctor will try to prevent a birth injury to your child is with the use of forceps if your child is in distress, if your labor is not progressing, or if there is some other medical reason for the use of forceps. Birth injuries are, unfortunately, a well-known potential side effect of a forceps delivery.
However, there are risks to the mother as well.

Forceps Injuries to Mothers are Possible

A review of recent studies published in the November 14, 2010 Science Daily found that mothers who have undergone a forceps delivery have a higher likelihood of:
  • Suffering a vaginal tear or trauma.
  • Experiencing incontinence after childbirth.
  • Needing general anesthesia (which brings risks of its own).

When to Contact a New York Birth Injury Lawyer

Forceps deliveries are not very common in the United States. Yet, the safety of a mother and child are dependent on a doctor's experience and trained use of the instrument.

If you, or your child, have been hurt by the use of forceps during childbirth, it is important to know why the injury occurred and to determine whether your family may be entitled to damages. For more information, please contact a New York birth injury attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911.

Read more about forceps birth injuries: Foreseeing Forceps Birth Injuries in New York

Category: Birth Injuries

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