Risks of Using Forceps During Child Birth

Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, family physician, discusses the risks of using forceps during delivery.

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Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, family physician, discusses the risks of using forceps during delivery.
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Featuring Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, FRCPC
Video Title: Risks of Using Forceps During Child Birth
Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

So the risks in forceps including risks to the mom and risks to the baby.

Risks to the mother include more potentially more extensive vaginal lacerations or tears, but these can be easily repaired. Oftentimes, the trauma is not terribly extensive, but can be a little bit more than with vaginal birth on its own.

You also have a slightly increased chance of infection. Just by putting anything inside, it can increase the chance of infection. The risks to the baby include: you can have some bruising along the sides of the head where the little spoons can hold onto the head, occasionally you can get a few small tears, but both of these recover very easily and well.

Other more rare risks with forceps include sometimes there can be a nerve on the baby's face that can be compressed and can cause some temporary weakness in the baby, but this usually recovers with time and has no long-term consequences.

If you have any further questions about Risks of Using Forceps During Child Birth, then please contact your care provider.

Presenter: Dr. Elise Balaisis

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