The picture here and the narrative below are from my website: http://www.itsthebabysbirth.com/parentsknow/vacextract.htm
The Peoria baby shown above was born with vacuum extraction after being stuck in the mother’s pelvis for hours. He was induced in the morning, and in the late afternoon (just before crowning) his labor was stalled to accommodate the physician (who went to choir practice and returned later for the delivery). The baby's head is obviously seriously misshapen, with major overrides of his cranial bones. He is now severely developmentally disabled.
The Hippocratic Oath mandates and the Mother-Friendly principles support that a physician "Do no harm." Click here to read comments by two physicians about the Hippocratic Oath and how medical education leads to such practices.
The best way to PREVENT the use of vacuum extraction is to plan and prepare for a natural DRUG-FREE Birth!!
The FDA issued a warning about the use of vacuum extraction in May, 1998. In addition to specifics about injuries and an “increased number of deaths and the following major types of complications: subgaleal hemorrhage, cephalohematoma, and intracranial hemorrhage,” it states, “The Safe Medical Devices Act of 1990 requires hospitals and other user facilities to report deaths, serious illnesses, and injuries associated with the use of medical devices.” In July 2002, an Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel met and discussed the warning and consequential research was presented. At this meeting the research, led by an obstetrician in Arizona, was reported. It states, “that the number of deaths and serious injuries associated with VAD has steadily declined. Meanwhile, the use of VAD has continued to rise.” The injuries and medical complications above were noted to have increased and it was not attributed to vacuum extraction. He said, “the results indicate that injuries were unlikely to be related simply to a problem with the vacuum devices.” There was no mention of the practice of giving inducing hormones to women who arrive at the hospital and are not in real labor, of the planned inducing with hormones, and of the combined practice of inducing and epidural anesthesia that is known to cascade into the complications identified.
On Emedicine, is an article “Birth Trauma,” by Nirupama Laroia, MD, Director of Special Care Nursery, Assistant Profession, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatalogy, Children’s Hospital at Strong and University of Rochester.
Dr. Laroia reports, “Subgaleal hematoma is bleeding in the potential space between the skull periosteum and the scalp galea aponeurosis. Ninety percent of cases result from vacuum applied to the head at delivery. Subgaleal hematoma has a high frequency of occurrence of associated head trauma (40%), such as intracranial hemorrhage or skull fracture. The occurrence of these features does not correlate significantly with the severity of subgaleal hemorrhage." Dr. Laroia provides information on many types of birth trauma.
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