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While forceps deliveries are generally safe, there is a small risk of complications for both the mother and the baby. Long-term effects of forceps delivery on babies and mothers are rare but can be serious.
Forceps delivery is a type of assisted vaginal birth in which forceps are used to help the baby out of the birth canal. It is a relatively common procedure, performed in around 5-10% of vaginal births.
The most common side effects of forceps delivery are minor and resolve on their own. These include:
More serious long-term side effects of forceps delivery can include:
The risk of serious long-term side effects from forceps delivery is very low, but it is important to be aware of the potential risks before deciding about whether to have a forceps delivery.
In addition to the long-term side effects listed above, forceps delivery can also problems for the mother, including:
Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.
You can sue for negligent forceps delivery if a doctor or midwife makes a mistake during a forceps delivery, and this mistake causes you or your baby to be injured.
To be successful in a forceps delivery claim, you will need to prove that the doctor or midwife breached their duty of care. This means that you will need to show that they did not provide the same standard of care that a reasonable doctor or midwife would have provided in the same circumstances.
If you are able to prove medical negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for any subsequent injuries, as well as for any other losses or expenses that they have incurred as a result.
For free initial advice and support regarding making a no-win, no-fee forceps delivery compensation claim contact Blackwater Law clinical negligence solicitors today.