Forceps Can Cause Birth Trauma


Forceps are metal tongs that are sometimes used to help deliver a baby. If used incorrectly, forceps  can cause injury to the baby. In some cases, forceps are not placed correctly on the head or pulled too tightly, the result of which can be bleeding on the brain, birth trauma, or brain damage. Birth injuries that result from improper use of forceps constitute medical malpractice. The birth injury attorneys at ABC Law Centers (Reiter & Walsh, P.C.) have over 100 years of joint experience in this complex area of law. If you suspect your child suffered an injury from forceps, contact us today.  We do not charge fees for the entire legal process unless we win.

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Forceps are used to deliver babies. They’re not used as much in the United States these days. Vacuum extractions are being used a lot more. But forceps basically are metal tongs, like salad tongs, that go around the baby’s head and help the baby to deliver. The issues with forceps are that they need to be used correctly. The correct use of forceps involves placing the forceps just under the baby’s cheekbones, and then pulling the baby’s head out to about there, and then the baby is delivered the rest of the way. Problems arise with forceps when they’re put incorrectly on the head. Instead of being placed here, they’re placed here, or back here, and when that happens, they’re placed back here, for instance, they can actually push the back of the skull into the brain, and cause bleeding in
the brain and brain damage.

This typically happens in situations where the doctor may not be trained in the use of forceps. The important thing is that forceps need to be used correctly. If used correctly, baby can be delivered normally. If forceps are used incorrectly, they’re not placed correctly on the head, or they’re
pulled too tight. If you pull them too tight, or pull too hard, these types of forced deliveries can cause damage to the baby’s brain, tear the vessels in the brain, cause bleeding within the brain, seizures and brain damage. If forceps were used in the delivery of your baby, and it caused injury, or you have any questions, you can come to our website at or give us a call at any time. We’re happy to talk to you.