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Family of injured baby calls for ban of forceps during delivery

Childbirth has become so apparently routine in recent years that when issues do occur, expectant parents in Providence want to know why. Due to the frail nature of the babies being delivered, any complications that they experience can easily result in them being left with debilitating injuries which can lead to lifelong developmental complications or, in more extreme cases, death. Those left to deal with the aftermath of such birth injuries often view these incidents not as complications, but errors caused by doctor negligence.

Such has been the case with a Texas couple who recently lost their new baby girl four days after her birth. The baby was immediately put on life support upon delivery after it was discovered that her skull had been crushed and her spinal cord severed during the delivery process. The couple blames the doctor’s decision to use forceps to assist with the delivery. While the use of vacuum extractors is more common when such complications arise, forceps are also believed to be useful tools to use in certain situations.

While such errors during childbirth are no doubt unintentional, expectant parents should be able to rely on a physician’s skill and training to not endanger their child in any way. This particular family is hoping that their tragedy will lead to the banning of the use of forceps during delivery to help lower the risk of future extraction injuries. Often the key to initiating such change is to bring legal action against the provider responsible for the incident. Those hoping to initiate such action may wish to consult with an attorney before doing so to help ensure that their aims have a fair chance at success. 

Source: “ Staff of doctor who delivered baby Olivia responds to death of infant” Jared Hinson, Jan. 02, 2014

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