What are Forceps and When Are They Used?

Forceps are a pair of  metal blades which doctors use to help pull the baby down through the birth canal during delivery.  This is usually done by an experienced doctor who is aware of the dangers and problems which are posed by the use of forceps. The metal blades of the forceps are placed on either side of the baby’s head.  If they're not applied properly they can actually damage the baby’s head by the pressure exerted by the two blades. Forceps should only be used by an experienced OB/GYN and only if mom has been properly counseled on the risks and benefits of the use of forceps.