Delivery of a live birth is rarely beyond the ability of a woman. However, there are some instances where it can be difficult and hence the use of other methods is essential. These methods are employed so as to help in retrieving the child from the uterus. These methods can involve the utilization of forceps. On the other hand, using forceps can bring about a birth injury.
Injuries are normally caused by soft tong-like metallic devices used to pull the baby from the womb in cases where the mother is unable to push the child out on her own. The devices being solid can cause a bruise or damage on the body of an infant, because they are hard compared to the soft body of a child.
Brain damage can occur as a result of using this equipment. In most of the cases, the damage is usually in the form of a fracture on the skull of a child. This occurs if excess pressure is applied when pulling the unborn.
In addition, the application of pressure can also cause facial bruising and damage. In this case, some wounds may develop on the face of an unborn. It is therefore greatly important that pressure exerted is minimal, because the skin of an infant is usually very gentle.
A fatal damage that can result from the use of these tongs is of the internal organs and veins. When the child is being pulled from the uterus, a slight mishandling can cause breaking of internal blood arterioles, thus causing some bleeding.
Unlike other bruises, these damages are usually minor and not fatal. For instance, facial bruises and grazes take a short time to heal after the baby is delivered.
On the contrary though, the use of tongs should not be encouraged in spite of the injuries they cause are minor. They can also cause still births, which is dreaded by mothers.
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