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Assisted Delivery

Forceps and vacuum extraction methods for assisted delivery of a baby

Forceps are sometimes used when the baby is not moving down the birth canal (vagina). They can also be used to hurry delivery when the mother or baby is in distress during labor.

Vacuum extraction uses a cup-shaped extractor to apply a gentle suction to the top of the baby's head. This holds the baby in place. The vacuum extractor can be used to assist the mother while she is pushing during contractions.

Current as of: February 23, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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