In the United States and Canada, C-section delivery has become more common over the past few decades. In contrast, there has been a decline in operative vaginal deliveries (those which involve tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors). Because of this inverse relationship, some have suggested that performing more operative deliveries could be a good…
A new study revealed the effects of brain cooling treatment for patients with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). In a National Institute of Health (NIH) study, physicians compared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from newborns who were born with HIE in 2005 and compared them to new MRIs that were taken in 2012. As a result, newborns who…
A baby’s brain is a vulnerable organ. Brain damage is a common injury, and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), or a lack of oxygen to the brain, can often be the cause. However, there are a few other birth injuries that are lesser known. These include umbilical cord complications, trauma from instruments such as forceps and…
Group B Strep (GBS) can cause infant brain damage, sepsis, meningitis, cerebral palsy and other birth injuries.
A mechanic from Argentina develops a potentially safer alternative to vacuum extractors that has won awards and recognition from the WHO.
The Odon is an award winning operative delivery device that highlights the importance of alternatives to forceps and vacuum extraction deliveries.
Forceps delivery can cause severe injury and death in a baby. Thus, physicians must be skilled in the use of forceps, as well as C-section delivery.
Forceps and vacuum extractors are sometimes used during labor and delivery despite risk of brain damage.
Most people associate the use of forceps during delivery as a “last resort,” when all other efforts have failed, to quickly deliver a baby. For many years it has been an accepted practice. Contemporary thinking, however, may be shifting as obstetricians weigh the risks of birth injury to babies if the procedure is not done correctly.