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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 …
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.
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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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