|What happens at a forceps delivery?
As preparation for this kind of delivery the bladder must
be empty and the mother is placed on her back with her legs
supported in stirrups. The cervix must fully dilated and
some form of local anaesthesia will be applied. After the
forceps blades are inserted and placed into position around
the baby’s head, the doctor rotates the head if necessary
down against the perineum. The perineum is the small area
between vagina and rectum. This usually requires an incision
in the perineum to enlarge the vaginal opening, called an
episiotomy and the baby will be assisted by the doctor during
the contractions. Finally when the newborn is lifted out,
the baby and the mother will be treated as necessary.
Forceps delivery - Alternatives
Forceps delivery - Reason