Risks of Vacuum Extraction Births for New York Babies

When a baby is in fetal distress or a mother is in danger, a labor room quickly activates with one goal in mind: getting the baby out quickly and safely. There are a few different ways to do this. Some mothers, for example, will need a C-section, while others will deliver with the help of instruments, such as a vacuum extractor.

How a Vacuum Extractor Works


Vacuum extractions have been used in some form since the 18th century. In modern vacuum assisted births, a small suction cup is placed on the baby's head and suction is applied to help the baby move down the birth canal. Often the mother is able to push to help deliver the child with the assistance of the vacuum.

Potential Injuries Associated with a Vacuum Birth

The most common injuries associated with vacuum assisted births are injuries to the infant's scalp or head. Head injuries may include bruising, lacerations, retinal hemorrhages, or subgaleal hemorrhages.* Subgaleal hemorrhages are potentially life threatening and occur when the emissary veins rupture into the subgaleal space.

While the majority of the risk associated with vacuum assisted births is for the infant, the mother may also suffer lacerations or incontinence as a result of the procedure.

When to Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney

If you, or your child, have been injured during a vacuum assisted birth then it is important to contact an experienced New York birth injury lawyer for more information about your legal rights and potential recovery.

The experienced New York City birth injury lawyers of The Pagan Law Firm are committed to helping your family recover if a doctor, hospital or other professional was negligent and caused you serious harm. We are not afraid to fight for what you deserve. Please call us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation.

*Source: Vacuum Extraction Introduction and History, John P O'Grady, MD, MA; Chief Editor: David Chelmow, MD, March 16, 2011