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Sarah McMoyler, RN posted:
Forceps conjure up scary visions in expectant parents' minds! The truth is that this type of instrumentation is used judiciously, most often when the baby needs to be born quickly due to changes in the heart rate.

I had a couple in class last night, who wanted to know if they could "refuse" forceps during their delivery, due to a traumatic situation that occurred a number of years ago with a relative. The fact is that we will never know if the forceps used in their relative's delivery was the cause for trauma- or if they were actually the appropriate assistance required in the situation.

I encouraged them and all expectant parents to discuss this kind of 'skeleton in the closet' that creates prenatal angst, with your OB/Gyn or Midwife. When they know the basis for concern, they can often provide reassurance and/or further information about instrumentation sometimes used to assist in a birth.

Sarah McMoyler RN

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