Use of Forceps
Just one percent of all vaginal births include the use of Hemostatic Forceps. They are most typical in situations in which the baby is being delivered in the breech position or when the labor has stalled and the woman is too exhausted to proceed. Forceps are only used by skilled medical experts when either the mother or the infant is in imminent danger. In most cases, the use of forceps is recommended as a less risky alternative to cesarean delivery or delivery with the assistance of suction.
Risks Associated with the Use of Forceps During Delivery
There are numerous varieties of obstetrical forceps, each of which is designed to perform a certain function. For instance, Piper’s forceps have a specific bend in them that allows them to reach around the baby’s body and into the birth canal. It is not sufficient for a doctor to use the appropriate method of delivery; they must also choose the appropriate tools. A delivery injury could occur if the mother does not have adequate knowledge of the many birthing equipment that are accessible.
Hazards of Injuries Associated with Birthing with Forceps
Even though Hemostatic Forceps are only used in 1% of vaginal births, they are responsible for approximately 30% of birth traumas. These injuries include skull fractures, convulsions, bleeding in the skull, facial palsy, brain damage, and a variety of other conditions. Even though delivery with the use of forceps is very uncommon, research indicates that even a 1% increase in the use of this delivery method could result in hundreds of additional birth injuries each year. Since 2004, the number of birth injuries caused by forceps has already increased by more than 10%.
It is possible to sustain bruising and nerve damage when using forceps, even if the procedure is successful. Continual anxiety for doctors, particularly those who are inexperienced in delivering babies with the assistance of forceps, to apply the appropriate amount of pressure.
It is debatable whether or not Hemostatic Forceps have a place in contemporary medical practice. They are not risk-free, but they are significantly safer than other ways of emergency childbirth, such as performing a C-section at the eleventh hour. Although inappropriate use of forceps can result in birth damage that lasts a lifetime for some newborns, the lack of forceps may result in greater suffering for other babies.