Vacuum Extraction

Vacuum extraction is not a necessary part of most deliveries. Generally, vacuum extraction is used only in situations where labor is not moving down the birth canal. Frequently, the use of vacuum extraction can be avoided through the use of labor positions, like squatting.

Use of a vacuum during delivery can be unpleasant, and harmful, to the mother and baby. Use of a vacuum during delivery may also be a sign that the labor has progressed, whether through medical malpractice or natural complications, to a point where a baby is at risk for harm if not quickly delivered.

While they are rare, there are many known complications associated with vacuum extraction, including:

  • scalp edema;
  • cephalohematoma;
  • skull fracture; and
  • intracranial hemorrhaging

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases.  If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at