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Are Forceps-Assisted Childbirths Safe?

December 19, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A recent study at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine revealed promising results for forceps-assisted childbirths, once feared as dangerous to the baby’s health. The study examined over 400,000 first time childbirths and found that babies delivered with forceps were 45 percent less likely to experience a seizure when compared to deliveries with C-Sections and vacuums.

According to one doctor involved with the study, forceps allow the doctor to reach the baby faster. When a doctor can reach the baby quicker, it lessens the risk of a seizure in the baby. When the baby experiences a lack of oxygen to the brain, it can lead to a seizure and other birth injuries.

Given the positive results of the study, one expert is puzzled in the increase of childbirths using vacuums and C-Sections. The overall statistics do not show that the other methods are any safer than forceps, commented the expert. Both vacuums and C-Section deliveries have been on the rise over the past two decades, while forceps-assisted deliveries have been on the decline.

Birth trauma such as seizures can cause permanent damage to the baby and mean a lifetime of health problems. Do you know someone who had a bad experience with a vacuum-assisted childbirth or C-Section?

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury attorneys