Study: Forcep Birth Might Lower Risk of Injuries

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 1-Dec-2011

Birth injuries are an occurrence that haunts the minds of parents and parents to be across the world. But although such injuries can be horrying and unexpected, new studies are revelaing additional information about risks associated with birth injuries.

Infant seizures, baby brain injury, cesarean section, birth trauma, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, Shoulder Dystocia, Caput Succedaneum, Cephalohematoma, Subconjunctival hemorrhage, Forceps lacerations and Forceps bruising, Facial paralysis, Brachial Plexus Palsy, baby spinal cord injury and infant fractures are just some of the birth injuries endured by babies as a result of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

Despite the many birth risks and birth injuries associated with medical negligence during child birth, new information is gaining attention as the medical community struggles to understand some of the causes and risks tied to birth injuries.

According to a recent article published by Reuters Health, babies who are delivered by forceps have a decreased risk of experiencing infant seizures in contrast with risks associated with c-sections and vacuum deliveries.

A study completed by John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Obstetrician, Erika F. Werner, pinpointed newborn neurologic complications, including bleeding in the brain, bleeding around the brain and seizures experienced by infants following birth trauma.

The study, which looked closely at births by more than 400,000 first-time mothers, revealed that while there are various lowered risks tied to c-section births, babies delievered by forceps experienced lower rates of seizures and brain bleeding (also referred to as intraventricular hemorrhage).


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