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Brands of forceps, what to do?

Our specialists answer questions that have particularly caught the attention of the editors. Maryam's question: "I gave birth with the forceps, will they leave a legacy for my baby?"

The answer of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris *

  • Sometimes during a vaginal delivery, the baby has difficulty getting out. To help him, and without resorting to a caesarean, the obstetrician can be brought to assist the birth by performing an instrumental extraction with forceps.
  • Although they have had a very bad reputation for a long time, births assisted by instrumental extractions are very well controlled. They are safe for both the child and the mother. Accidents like severe trauma to the skull have become exceptional.
  • Forceps-assisted births are always performed by an experienced obstetrician. Forceps or spatulas may leave marks, sometimes minor sores, on the baby's skull or face.
  • If in some cases they can be spectacular, the brands should not worry because they will diminish and, in most cases, disappear in a few days.

* Author of My child from birth to kindergarten (Albin Michel)

Interview by Frédérique Odasso

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