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The risk of a vacuum-assisted delivery

When a woman is in labor in Iowa, it is essential that the doctor monitors the mother and baby to assure safety and health. If a baby shows signs of distress or the mother is having a difficult time during labor, then steps are taken to speed up the process of delivery to ensure neither’s health is compromised. Typically, in this type of situation, a mother will either undergo an emergency Cesarean section or the doctor will use a vacuum extractor to assist getting the baby through the birth canal, according to Healthline.

When a vacuum-assisted birth is conducted properly, there are minimal risks. In fact, it is safer than a C-section and the risks are less severe. However, if anything is done incorrectly or something goes wrong, the risks can be increased. Typically, though this is due to medical negligence. Furthermore, the risks are not just to the baby. The mother also may suffer from increased issues after delivery.

The Mayo Clinic notes some of the possible complications that can result from an incorrectly done vacuum-assisted delivery. For the baby, these include bleeding inside the skull, bruising or cuts on the scalp, nerve damage in the shoulder and a broken collarbone. It is important that mothers note these issues are usually minor and clear up quickly without complication. For mothers, the risks associated with an assisted birth are the same as for a vaginal birth and include bleeding, tearing and pelvic pain, but the risk for such issues is increased slightly with this procedure. 

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