When you are preparing for your child’s birth, you may develop a plan covering your preferences for labor and delivery. While many Michigan births proceed without problems, there are several things that may happen during labor and delivery that pose potential risks for both you and your baby. Even accepted medical practices such as forceps delivery may lead to birth injuries, especially if the doctor performs this procedure incorrectly. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, a doctor may decide to use a tool called forceps to assist during vaginal delivery. This instrument may help the doctor grasp the baby’s head to help guide his or her progress through the birth canal. Your doctor may recommend forceps delivery if your labor does not progress as expected and/or if some medical complication places your baby’s life or safety in danger. If you have a condition such as high blood pressure, your doctor may want to limit your time pushing and may recommend forceps after a certain amount of time in labor. 

Unfortunately, there are potential injuries and medical consequences that may accompany forceps delivery. For example, your baby may sustain injuries to his or her face or eyes due to the pressure that occurs during forceps delivery. This type of delivery may also result in facial palsy, which is a weakness of the facial muscles that is usually temporary. Some serious injuries are also possible in rare cases or if the practitioner fails to use the instrument correctly. These potential injuries include seizures, skull fracture and internal bleeding in the head. 

This is general information on birth injuries related to forceps delivery; it should not be interpreted as legal advice. 

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