Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pregnancy 7) Forceps

A forcep is a tool used to assist in the delivery of a baby that is in an awkward position. The forceps look like a large pair of spoons or tongs. They may be used to move an infant through the birth canal quickly. Forceps may be used when the fetus is in distress. In most cases, doctors prefer to perform an early cesarean section, instead of using forceps, to deliver the baby.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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