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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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