If you or your baby have suffered an injury as a result of an assisted delivery, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
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Ventouse deliveries take place when a conventional, vaginal birth is too dangerous.
Ventouse deliveries take place when doctors / medical professionals deem a conventional vaginal birth to be too dangerous for you and/or your child. Whilst they are not necessary for most births, they are still common medical practice in the UK and considered safe when carried out by qualified professionals. The practice involves attaching a suction cup to the baby’s head and using this to help manoeuvre the baby through the birth canal.
Ventouse devices come in various forms, with most made of plastic or metal. Some may be attached to a suction machine via a tube, whilst others – sometimes referred to as “Kiwi” devices – use a manual pump operated by your obstetrician or a midwife.
You may wish to consider an assisted ventouse delivery when the medical staff responsible for your care identify one or more of the following risk factors associated with delivering your baby:
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with a ventouse delivery and these should be weighed against the prospective benefits by appropriately trained medical personnel.
Risks to you can include:
Risks to your child can include:
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors acted for Mr L in a medical negligence claim in the High Court after he was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis meant he went on to suffer a serious stroke-causing life-limiting disability.
The vast majority of ventouse deliveries take place without serious adverse consequences, but in rare instances, you may be let down by those responsible for your care. If this is the case, you should contact a Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitor for free initial advice on making a no-win, no-fee clinical negligence compensation claim to address the consequences.