Forceps Safer than Vacuums or C-Sections?

By Peter DePaolis

Once thought of as unsafe, childbirths using forceps are now gaining favor with doctors across the country. In the past, doctors favored C-Sections and vacuums over forceps in the delivery process. A doctor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found it puzzling why forceps were viewed as dangerous all these years.

Doctors at Johns Hopkins studied over 400,000 childbirths and discovered that babies delivered with forceps were 45 percent less likely to suffer a seizure than babies delivered with vacuums or C-Sections. Forceps allows doctors to reach the baby faster than the other methods. The quicker the doctor can reach the baby, the less chance there is for oxygen deprivation, which can cause a seizure in the new born. Birth trauma such as seizures can cause permanent damage to a baby.

Despite the study, doctors use C-Sections in about one-third of all child deliveries, according to 2007 data. Doctors are also using vacuums more than ever to deliver babies. The doctors involved with the study at Johns Hopkins hope their data will shed light on the advantages of forceps-assisted delivers and lessen the risk of seizures.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.