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Birth-Aiding Tools: Helpful or Problematic?

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As we all know, babies can be stubborn, even while still in the womb. But luckily, there are a few tools that can assist with delivery to speed things up. However, some of these birth-aiding tools can cause severe injuries to the baby—so how safe are these tools really?

The Lanier Law Group, P.A. team is here to break down the importance of these tools and the issues that may arise with improper use.


This device suctions the crown of the newborn’s head while in the birthing canal to help pull them through. If used properly, this can be a quick and efficient way to bring the baby into this world. Although designed to be helpful, there are situations in which the improper use of a vacuum extractor results in a baby's injury.

If not used properly, it can cause significant bruising and trauma to the baby's head which can then lead to a world of complications. A doctor should never use a vacuum extractor while the baby is not positioned head first or has not progressed low enough through the birthing canal. Just know, you can opt out of using the vacuum if something doesn’t feel right. Be sure to speak up before it’s too late.


Forceps have a similar appearance to tongues and are used to grip the baby’s head to help deliver them. If used improperly, it can cause bruises, tissue damage, fractures, and even shoulder dystocia, which is a condition that happens when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck during delivery.

Shoulder dystocia during birth is quite common. But it’s essential to remember that tissue damage, severe bruising, and fractures are not common while using forceps. If your child has sustained severe, life-altering injuries from the use of these devices, you may be eligible to receive compensation.

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At (Site:BusinessName}, the health of you and your child is our priority, and we plan on getting you the medical help that you need. If a doctor negligently used these devices that resulted in your child’s injuries, please contact our firm today. We have the resources and experience to take on even the toughest healthcare providers.

When you’re ready, contact our office at (855) 757-4204 or visit our Contact Us page to get started on your consultation.