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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.
How common is instrumental delivery?
In developed countries, instrumental delivery is quite a standard procedure, but in developing countries it is less common. The use of forceps or vacuum-assisted delivery, or both if one fails, depends on your individual circumstances.
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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