Forceps training could prevent caesareans

More training in the use of forceps during difficult births could cut the number of babies born by caesarean, says expert

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More training and practice in the use of forceps could help reduce the number of caesarean births, a consultant obstetrician has claimed. Prabbha Sinha has suggested that junior doctors should have more time to practice with simulators to gain confidence.

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“If conducted properly, instrumental deliveries can be safe and make it easier to give birth again vaginally,” said Mr Prabbha, voicing his concerns about the health risks and recovery time for women who give birth by emergency caesarean.

Forceps are a metal instrument that clasp the baby’s head, helping to ease him out. Their use, and the use of a ventous, has fallen over the past few years, while the rate of caesareans has risen. This has been attributed to doctors with little experience and training opting for a caesarean when a forceps delivery could have been made.

Mr Prabbha has called for more training using modern mannequins that help doctors perfect their technique. “Where I work, the mannequin actually tells you how hard you are pulling, so you can get it right,” he explained.

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