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Month: January 2017

Do You Have A Vacuum Extraction Birth Injury Case?

What is a Vacuum Extractor?

During vacuum extraction, a doctor may use a vacuum-like device to guide or pull the baby down and out of the birth canal. The medical device is known as a vacuum extractor. A suction cup is inserted and attached to the baby’s head. The medical device is pressurized to create suction so that the cup stays in place on the baby’s head. The suction cup is attached to a handle that the doctor holds in his or her hand. During a contraction, the doctor pulls on the handle to guide or pull the baby down the birth canal. A vacuum extraction delivery is a special type of delivery known as an operative vaginal delivery. Doctors who perform vacuum extraction deliveries require special training because of the potential dangers to the baby.

Dangers of Vacuum Extraction Delivery

Vacuum extractors can cause serious injuries to babies, particularly if the vacuum extractor is used improperly by the doctor or is used when it is not medically indicated. There are certain medical situations in which the doctor should abandon the use of the vacuum extractor. For example, if the suction cup pops off the baby’s head while the doctor is pulling on the handle, that may indicate that the baby is stuck in the birth canal. Continuing to pull on the baby’s head can cause serious injury.

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Do You Have A Legal Claim if Your Child Was Deprived of Oxygen at Birth?

Lack of Oxygen during Labor and Delivery Can Cause Serious, Lifelong Damage to a Baby

Most babies are born healthy and happy. That is the hope and prayer of every parent. Unfortunately, some babies suffer very serious injuries during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Injuries caused by lack of adequate oxygen to the baby can be very serious or deadly. During the mother’s pregnancy and during labor and delivery, the baby must receive adequate oxygen from the mother which is necessary for the baby’s brain, heart, other organs, tissues and cells to function properly. When the baby is still inside the mother, the baby does not breathe oxygen. Rather, the baby gets oxygen from the mother through the blood flow that passes from the mother to the baby in the umbilical cord.

Oxygen deprivation at the time of labor and birth is known as birth asphyxia. Asphyxia is a medical term that really means suffocation. The baby is essentially suffocated inside the mother causing serious injury to the baby’s brain and other vital organs that depend on oxygen to function.

There are several medical terms that parents may hear that are related to birth asphyxia of a baby.

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Ways to Keep Your Newborn Safe

Three Simple Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Delivery Day

Having a baby is one of the most important events in your life. More than likely, you are brimming with excitement and anticipation. Getting information, having conversations with your doctor, and creating a birth plan can help you prepare for a safe delivery and relieve stress or anxiety that you may have when delivery day arrives. You will want to be sure that you and your doctor are on the same page as far as the birth goes. You will probably have many questions. Before you give birth to your child, be sure that you ask your doctor at least the three following questions.

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