Can forceps damage a baby during delivery?
Is it true that foreceps can harm a baby during delivery? If that's true, then it's a good enough reason for me to want to have a c-section instead of doing a vaginal birth, but I still want to learn more about it. But foreceps are used in many vaginal births, aren't they?
Forceps are long metal clamps that Go aroun the babies head and are used to extract babies from the uterus when it is difficult For them to progress naturally. It is true that if forceps are required during delivery of a baby, that there is indeed an increased risk of the baby being injured. Fortunately, the routine use of forceps during delivery has fallen out of favor and they are only used if the baby is found to be in distress and there is a need to have her or him removed on an urgent basis. For the most part, vaginal delivery is allowed to progress normally and so the routine use o forceps is not necessary. For this reason, it would not be advisable to have a c section because there is a possibility that forceps may be used during the delivery. Iris important to remember that there are risks associated with c section as well. As such, it is recommended that you discuss all possible options for delivery with your ob/gyn, especially related to the risks and benefits of the various delivery methods. So to answer your question, forceps are not commonly used during delivery.