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Improper Use of Forceps

Improper Use of Forceps Lawsuit in Charleston

Understanding the Improper Use of Forceps

Forceps are a type of surgical instruments that doctors sometimes use like a medical set of tongs. In delivering a baby, a doctor might use them as an alternative to the vacuum extraction method. A forceps delivery requires a physician to apply forceps to the baby’s head to help guide the infant out of the birth canal. This process is typically done while the mother pushes during a contraction.

However, this instrument is famous for the damage it causes to both mother and child. If you or your child was injured during the delivery by negligent use of forceps, talk to us about your case. Our skilled Charleston forcep injury attorneys can look over your case and make recommendations about your best course of action to seek compensation for the harm done to you.

When Forceps Are Necessary

Forceps are still used in particular circumstances. If a woman’s cervix is fully dilated, her membranes have ruptured, and the baby has descended into the birth canal head first, a doctor might use forceps if she’s unable to push the baby out. Likewise, if your child’s heart beat suggests a problem, you have a particular medical condition, or your child is facing the wrong direction, a doctor might recommend a forceps delivery. However, a forceps delivery should only be performed in a birthing center or hospital where a C-section can be done if necessary.

Conditions Where Forceps Are Inappropriate

In particular cases, recommending a forceps delivery rather than proceeding to a C-section can be irresponsible. For example, in the following situations, forceps should not be used:

  • The infant has a condition that affects the strength of his or her bones, such as osteogenesis imperfecta
  • The infant has a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia
  • The baby’s head hasn’t moved past the midpoint of the birth canal
  • The position of the baby’s head isn’t clear
  • The child’s shoulders or arms are leading the way through the birth canal
  • The infant doesn’t fit through the pelvis

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