While the miracle of birth is often a beautiful process for the families of newborns, it can also be distressing. Between 25 and 34 percent of mothers report having a traumatic birth experience. This is when an individual involved in the birthing process believes that the mother’s life or her baby’s life is in danger or that there is a serious threat to the mother’s or baby’s physical or emotional wellbeing.
Among the most common of all preventable birth injuries is Erb’s Palsy. It is most often caused by damage to the brachial plexus, which is damage to the nerves in the shoulder. This medical condition is most commonly caused by negligence during the birthing process, meaning not enough care was taken during delivery.
Vacuum extractors are medical instruments that medical professionals sometimes use to help apply traction to the head of the fetus, in order to help in the child’s passage through the birth canal. Put simply, a vacuum delivery means placing a suction-cup like device onto the baby’s head and using the suction to pull it out of the womb. Such vacuum extraction methods are only meant to be used for extreme situations and they are only used in about 10 percent of births.