The client suffered a 4th degree tear during the birth of her first baby.
The doctor delivering the baby should have performed an episiotomy (surgical cut) given he was using forceps and it was likely to be a difficult delivery as the baby was coming down the birth canal facing up rather than down. There was also a failure to control the head of the baby which came out suddenly and it was argued the 4th degree tear could have been avoided had an episiotomy been performed and the head been properly controlled.
The baby was fine but the client suffered very unpleasant and embarrassing symptoms as a result of the tear which are likely to be permanent. Her case was settled as a result of mediation.
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