While a lot of deliveries take place just fine without much medical support, there are some cases where assistance is essential to help both the mom and the child during birth. “Assisted deliveries” transpire when doctors use tools such as forceps and vacuums to help take out a baby from the birth canal. They are also known as instrumental deliveries. During a natural, vaginal birth, things can slip up that require the usage of instruments to aid with delivery.
What are forceps and vacuum?
Forceps are tong-like tools that cup a baby’s head so that the obstetrician can guide the baby out via the birth canal. Forceps can differ centered on their level of cushioning and also the diverse gradations in shape. Vacuums depend on a soft, sucking cup that attaches to the baby’s skull. Vacuums are useful as they permit doctors to guide the baby out while still permitting the other to push.
Forceps delivery is reliant on the level and the position of the baby’s head in the birth canal. As per the gynecologists like Dr. Shikha, they are classified into low, mid and high forceps. The low forceps are used only when the fetal scalp is evident and has touched the pelvic floor. The mid forceps can be used at several points of fetal head. Forceps surgery is a substitute for caesarean delivery. It can be done even when the baby is not in the correct position but not in the situation when the head of the baby is in the direction of the vaginal canal. There are various negative impacts of it. It can cause mild to severe mental retardation, skull breakages or even nerves can be impaired. If there are both positive and negative aspects then adequate thought and caution should be applied before using the forceps.
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Dr. Shikha Gurnani
MBBS, DNB – Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynecologist, Obstetrician, 13 Years Experience Overall (12 years as specialist)