Trauma from Forceps & Vacuum

There is a risk of trauma with the use of vacuum or forceps. While the risk is small, injuries such as retinal hemorrhage and hematomas can result from the use of vacuums and forceps. As a general rule, it is not acceptable to use both forceps and vacuum to deliver a baby and the obstetrician must be prepared to proceed to cesarean section if the baby cannot be delivered using forceps or vacuum.