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Parents Push to Ban Use of Forceps at Birth After Child Dies

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Rachel Melancon and her fiance Allen Coats are suing a Texas obstetrician after a doctor allegedly crushed her newborn baby's skull while using forceps during the delivery. The couple says they heard a popping sound during the process of trying to pull baby Olivia from Melancon's womb. The result was a fractured skull and severed spinal cord. 


Born on December 28th, baby Olivia Marie Coats was unable to breathe on her own or move. She was placed on life support but died from her injuries days later on January 2nd. The parents and family say they asked for a C-section due to the baby's large size, but the doctor allegedly urged against it.

 After an extensive labor which was not successful in pushing the baby out, the doctor decided to use forceps. When that did not work, she was rushed off for an emergency C-section, but it was too late. 


The parents have taken to their Facebook page to push a Change.org petition which would help in passing the "Olivia Law," one which would ban the use of forceps being used at birth. 


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