The disappearing art of instrumental delivery: time to reverse the trend.

  title={The disappearing art of instrumental delivery: time to reverse the trend.},
  author={Patricia E. Bailey},
  journal={International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics},
  volume={91 1},
PURPOSE This paper focuses attention on declining rates of instrumental (vacuum or forceps) delivery. The decline often means that women must travel further to deliver in hospitals with capacity for cesarean delivery. BACKGROUND The paper illustrates recent trends in the use of vacuum extraction and forceps in low- and high-income countries. It describes some of the obstacles to the use of instrumental delivery and why the techniques, especially vacuum extraction, should be reintroduced. Over… CONTINUE READING

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