What Forceps Are Used for In Child Birth

Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, family physician, discusses the use of forceps during child birth.

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Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, family physician, discusses the use of forceps during child birth.
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Featuring Dr. Elise Balaisis, MD, FRCPC
Video Title: What Forceps Are Used for In Child Birth
Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

Forceps are little metal spoons that can be used in order to help guide babies out through the vagina.

Occasionally, when some woman is fully dilated and has been pushing for a while, occasionally, she needs a little bit of help in order to guide the baby down and out. The forceps are not often used, but they're becoming a little bit more common in order to help people in the second stage of labor, and so this is when the cervix is fully dilated and a woman is pushing in order to help bring the baby out.

So oftentimes we use forceps if the baby one, is in distress and needs to come out a little bit quicker than we can allow the woman to push it out on her own. We also use forceps if a woman's been pushing for a long time and she's really exhausted and she just needs a little bit of help in order guide that baby out.

It doesn't mean that a woman has to stop pushing and we do all the work. This is actually really important that the woman continues to push in order to help bring the baby down, and it's just helping to really guide that baby around the curvature in the pubic bone and to help deliver that baby.

If you have any further questions about What Forceps Are Used for In Child Birth, then please contact your care provider.

Presenter: Dr. Elise Balaisis

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