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What are forceps?
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
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In brief: Forceps
They are a handheld, hinged instrument used for grasping and holding objects.

In brief: Forceps
They are a handheld, hinged instrument used for grasping and holding objects.
Dr. John Munshower
Dr. John Munshower
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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Birthing devices
Forceps are sometimes referred to as "birthing spoons".
They are metal instruments that look a little like big salad tongs. They are designed to gently fit around the baby's head and are applied to help pull the baby out of the birth canal, usually if mom is exhausted from pushing and needs help or if the baby's heart rate is concerning and it needs to be delivered quickly.

In brief: Birthing devices
Forceps are sometimes referred to as "birthing spoons".
They are metal instruments that look a little like big salad tongs. They are designed to gently fit around the baby's head and are applied to help pull the baby out of the birth canal, usually if mom is exhausted from pushing and needs help or if the baby's heart rate is concerning and it needs to be delivered quickly.
Dr. Amy Herold
Dr. Amy Herold
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