What is a Vacuum Extractor

A vacuum extractor is a device used by doctors to pull the baby through the birth canal when there is a delay or problem in getting the baby to deliver.

A vacuum extractor is basically a cup with a suction device on it which is placed on the baby’s head and then the doctor pulls the baby through the birth canal.  The problem with vacuum extractors is they can exert a tremendous amount of pressure on the baby's skull which has not yet fully closed and formed. 

Inappropriate use of a vacuum extractor cause harm to the baby.