What is instrumental delivery?
Instrumental delivery is childbirth that is assisted by the use of forceps or a specialized vacuum device.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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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 …
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.
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 …