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What is instrumental delivery?
Instrumental delivery is childbirth that is assisted by the use of forceps or a specialized vacuum device.
What are the risks involved with instrumental delivery?
In general, a forceps delivery poses less risk to the baby than vacuum-assisted delivery, which is more likely to result in failed delivery, as well as eye and skull damage to the baby. However, forceps delivery poses a greater risk …
When is instrumental delivery performed?
Instrumental delivery may be recommended when the baby's head isn't facing in the right direction, or the heartbeat of the mother or baby indicates there may be difficulties. In some cases, instrumental delivery may also be recommended if the mother …
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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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