The Use of Forceps in Child Birth

Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, discusses The Use of Forceps in Child Birth

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Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, discusses The Use of Forceps in Child Birth
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Featuring Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, FRCPC
The Use of Forceps in Child Birth Video Title | The Use of Forceps in Child Birth
Duration: 2 minutes, 22 seconds

The decision to use forceps is usually a joint decision between the doctor and the patient.

If it is something that is medically necessary, that the baby is in distress and has to come out now and this is the quickest and safest route, then usually that is a decision that would just be made based on the need to have this done quickly.

However, usually in most situations, we have more time and therefore the doctor and the patient can have a discussion about why the forceps would be used, all of the risks and benefits that would be there, and what would be the risks of not using them and what would be the other options. So sometimes another option is waiting and pushing some more and seeing if a vaginal delivery unassisted would occur, and sometimes the other option would be if not forceps, then a cesarean section.

So the recovery time with forceps are usually a little bit more than with a regular spontaneous vaginal birth because there usually is a little bit more tearing and a little bit more repair that had to go on.

However, it is quicker recovery time than a cesarean section, and usually people are up and walking really early and getting to do the important think and being with their baby. If you have any further questions about forceps, then please contact your care provider.

If you have questions about The Use of Forceps in Child Birth, contact your local family physician, obstetrician or midwife for more information.

Presenter: Dr. Elise Balaisis, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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