What is an Obstetric Forceps?
Obstetric forceps are designed to aid the delivery of a baby’s head during a complicated childbirth. They consist of a pair of blades with handles at one end for the doctor to grip, an open cup shape at the other end to encompass the baby’s head and a joint in the middle that enables the forceps to be either manipulated together or separated.
They come in many shapes and sizes depending on their purpose, the size of the baby, how far the baby has progressed through the birth canal and the position of the head.
Wrigley obstetric forceps are the smallest, and most commonly used as an aid to lift out the head in the very last stage of labour.