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Okay well part of my horrendous labor and birthing experience was that they used a vacuum, without telling me let alone asking, and when I came to find this out I was in the middle of pushing my guts out and what could I possibly say at that point?? Well when she came out, she ended up with some pretty bad bruising and a laceration on her head I was devastated because after first being told it was from the extraction, they told me it was from the way she was stuck inside me, because she also had a slightly crooked nose, and bruising on her left cheek and I felt so freaking awful that it could be MY fault that my baby has these injuries to her poor head and face! It will still make me cry.. Anyway the next morning one of the pediatricians came in and told me about her check up and everything was great, and he explained that all her 'injuries' will go away with time and all that, but he said that they were caused by how she was laying in me. This was the 2nd misinformation I had gotten because the next person who came in to talk about it said it was the vacuum again.. I don't know for sure what caused it, but I know I'm incredibly upset about it, but I DO have a point here... lol..
For those of you who had babies who were "helped" to be delivered with the vacuum, did they have any kind of head injuries? What was it? How did you treat it? That's another thing that I didn't like, they were putting some kinda ointment on her laceration but they never gave me any kind of care tips or anything for it when I was being discharged.. I'm unsure about how to treat it! It's scabbing over real well and it doesn't seem to bother her but shouldn't I still be putting something on it?
Cody was helped with a vacuum. He had bruising on the site and redness that is almost gone. I knew it was coming when it happened and I'm sorry they didn't tell you! That is wrong. Don't worry, Summer will heal and I agree with Adrienne -call L&D and see if there is anything else you can do.
Both my kiddos were helped "out" with a vacuum...but they didn't have bruising from it...at least not anything that was noticable. I'm sure her laceration is healing well especially if it is scabbed over, but put in a call to L&D if you are worried.
They tried a vacuum assist with my delivery of Nate, also owing to the angle he was descending at.
The vacuum actually snapped trying to get him out and he shot all the way back up!
i wound up going in for an emergency c-section.
He had a little "halo" of bruising on his head, but no open wounds.
i was discharged with the info that the bruise would clear up on it own...it did in under 2weeks
I pushed three times with Pierce but his heart rate had been dropping so my doctor decided to vaccum him out on the fourth push. He had slight bruising on his head but it wasn't even noticeable unless you were looking for it & it's all gone now. I hope that you get the answers that you are looking for as far as what caused the bruising. I think that I would tend to trust what the Ped. says more because they see babies all the time. Sorry that this happened though!
We did not use a vacuum but her whole face was bruised and swollen. With in a few days she didn't even look like the same baby. I don't know if it happened on her way out or if it was from the way she was laying. I know she was pretty low for weeks before she was born.
But anyway she was bruised with no vacuum but the laceration, seems like it could only come from the vacuum?! They should of atleast told you what was happening. Sometimes things move so fast i guess they don't think to say anything.
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In lurking from the June DDC - I hope its okay to post. Just wanted to say that I had vaccuum extraction with DS. My OB actually said, I know you are not going to be happy about this but I want to use the vaccuum okay? I said yes because at that point you'll do anything to get them out. She used it during one push and I had my eyes closed and was pushing hard so I didn't see it. DH saw it and said it looked scary. But it got DS un-stuck. I would be mad if I were you and the doctor didn't even tell you what he was doing or ask.
DS had a really crazy looking cone head which lasted a few days but no bruising or scrapes. I hope that your LO heals quickly. I agree with the PP's that say to call L&D (or maybe your pediatrician) and ask what if anything else you need to do to help with the healing process.
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Aiden's heart-rate dropped and was pulled out sunny side up with the assisted forceps. (here's your mental picture: doctor's right foot propped up against my bed, right arm in me up to his elbow pulling baby out left hand with forceps, right hand cradling baby's legs)... LOVELY epideral saved me from feeling that one. He had bruising where the forceps were on his head, but it wasn't anything he remembers or still has. It's pretty common, and it will bother you more than her honey.
I just feel so bad for her head, if it really was my fault I just hate that idea. Her perfect little head that my body hurt ugh.. I'm going to give my doc a call and just ask her to walk me through her thought process especially toward the end so maybe I could understand why she did what she did. It's going to be hard for me to keep my cool though, I hope I don't get rude with her but d@mnit all, it was my birth, and she ruined it for me.
anyway.. thanks for the replies you all, it does make me feel better than everyone's little ones are a-okay after the extraction, so I don't have much of anything to worry about. Now I just have to deal with my doctor!
Sometimes our births don't always go as planned and I trust that most doctors know when assistance is needed. Maybe she thought there were about to be complications and instead of having an "emergency" situation she mad the decision to help your baby along before hand. It's not your fault... it's easy to want to put blame during birth. I blame my midwife for my c-section but it probably wasn't her fault. *shrug* speaking of little girls, we could do for a few more pictures of her!!!