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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 of causing damage to the mother's genital tract and an ongoing loss of bladder and bowel control.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Preterm labor

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