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Forceps or a ventouse birth is also called an assisted vaginal birth. An assisted delivery might be used if there are concerns about the descent of the baby through the birth canal.

During a ventouse delivery a suction cup is placed onto the baby’s head and a doctor pulls when the mother has a contraction.

A forceps birth uses a metal tool that looks like a pair of tongs. The forceps fit around the baby’s head, and like the ventouse, the doctor pulls the baby to help delivery.

Sometimes these instruments used in an assisted birth can leave marks on a baby’s face and head which would normally disappear after a couple of days. Sometimes this can cause facial scarring.

Forceps and ventouse delivery can also cause maternal injuries including:

  • Tears and wounds ranging from a first to a fourth degree
  • The need for an episiotomy
  • Fistulas
  • Pain after delivery
  • Blood loss and anaemia
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Uterine rupture
  • Bladder or urethra damage
  • Pelvic organ prolapse, caused by weakened muscles in the pelvic region

    Support and information about maternal birth injuries.

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    Some women suffer from an injury during the birth process which can cause of trauma, lead to a longer recovery and can affect a women’s day to day quality of life.

    Maternal mental health

    Many women will seek help for their child who might have suffered an injury but often minimise the importance of their mental health.

    Support for partners and families

    Witnessing a traumatic birth or living with a birth injury can have a devastating effect on partners, siblings, and other family members.

    Legal advice.

    The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Sadly, when negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for parents and the wider family.

    If you believe that you have a birth injury negligence claim in relation to any wrong or mistreatment you received during birth, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

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