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Forcep Delivery

When are forceps used for delivery

Much before caesarian sections were possible, forceps were used to help a baby stuck in the birth canal. They can only be used when the first stage is complete and the cervix is fully dilated. Nearly all premature babies are delivered by forceps to protect their delicate skull bones through the birth canal.

Under what conditions does a doctor decide to use forceps

The doctor would consider using forceps if the baby's head was engaged and labour suddenly ceased, or the baby's presenting was in a posterior position (as in breech baby) or under conditions of prolonged labour and foetal distress.

How is forceps delivery carried out

The doctor will first administer a local anaesthetic into the perineum and perform an epsiotomy. He will then cradle the baby's head in the curved, blunt blades of the forceps (which look like sugar tongs), to form a protective cage, and gently bring the baby's head down into the perineum. Then the forceps are disposed with and the rest of the delivery proceeds as normal.

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Country: India

i had a forcep delivery andstill haunts me up to now,,my scar was still hurts everytime i touched it with my fingers, the sadest was when we had physical test the scar was swollen,it was barely 8 months already...
Name: lorien
Country: philippines

can you view this article?
Name: fra fra
Country: philippines

yeah its so rediculous
Name: jones
Country: united kingdom

i had forcep delivery with both my children. none of which were prem or under weight. i would like to know, as an alternative heath measure, why my children have suffered after. both needed additional help. the youngest still trying to get him to talk! is it correct that the skull plates are crushed to the a point, on a direction, so they loose ability to do normal things after as they reach toddler age? i would never recommend forcep delivery to anyone! they are bruised, will not settle at night, due to such a traumatic birth and have difficulties relating to you as they have been through so much at the time when you should be loving and holding your baby. all that happens is a complete dispreportionate loss of where you are, the pain of being cut and ripped to pieces, then your baby suffers with loss of everything because you have lost so much blood you fail to breast feed as the person performing the forcep delivery has left you bleeding for 1.5 hours !
Name: unhappy
Country: canada

our son was brought into this world by the use of forceps , he is now almost 10 years old and has recently been diagnosed learning disabled(unable to learn to read and write) as well as adhd inatentive my wife and i both feel this is the results of the use of forceps during delivery to our son
Name: crooked head
Country: south Africa

more than 60 years ago, i was a forcep delivery baby. with the result left me with a crooked head and a crooked nose. my parents knew no better. school and life was so was awful. i became a loner and still am. no focept please
Name: JudyF
Country: U.S.A.

yes, i think forceps cause a lot of damage. a friend died in her 20s because she got a brain tumor from the forceps delivery,
Name: Dr.priyanka
Country: India

i experience that only outlet forceps r safe
Name: aarti
Country: India

i had a beautiful baby girl weighing 3.75 kg delivered by forceps. everything was normal no problem with her , no bruises at all , she is now six years. i think it depends on person.
Name: Hayley
Country: Australia

recently i gave birth to a 10 pound 9 baby boy...and yes there are some problems with forcep delivery, he had some nerve damage to start with in one arm which cleared within 48 hours. yes he was a little brusied and yes he can be some what unsettled. the alternative was a c-section and i can't stay that i would agree with them if there is another way such a forcep or suction aided delivery. there was no way i could have given a v-birth with out the forceps, his head was stuck each time i tried... so each to their own, i know it was what best for me and my son at the time, and i will happily vote for this delivery option rather than a c-section where i couldn't hold or lift my big boy, where i would need additional help 24/7...i've healed faster and enjoy the knowing i can comfort my son, without the constant handcap of the of luck to all
Name: lindsey
Country: United Kingdom

id just like to say that my son was born 2 weeks ago via forcep delivery. i had no pain relief and was in agony, my son has a pea sized lump on his head and nothing more. im worried about that as most of u on here are saying your children or yourselves have had learning problems or delayed son seems fine for now but in years to follow if there is anything wrong i will understand where u r coming from but please can we have so positive approaches to the forceps
Name: mike
Country: United Kingdom

i was premature and forceps were used. my forehead protruded for about a week. for most of my life, even today i'm 43 yrs old, suffer with extreme parents did not bond and father beat do you overcome that?

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