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Use of forceps??

Hi all,
I’m in the last trimester of my pregnancy. In the last scanning, it was found that the baby is a bit overweight. I don’t know if I should be worried or happy about this. I have heard that if the baby is too heavy, normal delivery will be difficult and forceps will have to be used to get the baby out. I was looking for more details on this when I found this blog ( http://www.sommersandroth.com/our-cases/doctor-injures-mom/ ), and I’m just so worried after reading this. I have about similar cases from my friend’s as well. I didn’t know that using forceps could turn out so dangerous. Is there something that can be done about this, so that I can have a normal delivery? Any idea about this? Please help. Thanks!!

  1. NewbieMama1 year ago

    Wow, I wish I never read that article. That is a very scary thing to read and I'm sorry you had to see that. Remember, ultrasounds can measure up to a pound off, so baby might not be as big as they think, or he might be bigger! My Doctor used vacuum extraction for my delivery because I was having trouble pushing him out. I remember it was very forceful but I sustained no injuries or tears (massaging the perineum helps prevent tears). My baby did fracture his collarbone, but the pediatrician didn't seem worried is as long as there isn't any nerve damage, and baby was not in pain and was moving his arms and fingers normally. I also read that collarbone fractures are actually more common than people realize from vaginal deliveries. It healed on its own in a month. The vacuum extraction seems to have less risks than the forceps, but if you are very worried about either, scheduling a cesarean may be best.

  2. marmeeofdragons1 year ago

    I don't have personal experience, but know friends who had forceps deliveries and everything was totally fine for them I think it's about two things - first, are you comfortable with it? If you're not at all, talk to your doctor about alternatives. Make sure they understand you're a firm no and want to explore other options (like C section). If you're just not sure, dig into research. Learn as much as you can about it from your doctor and other resources. If you're looking online, look more to medical journals and less to sites that lean on anecdotal evidence. Everyone has a scary story, but you want more that that. Try to find out about your doctor and your hospital; do they do this kind of delivery often/are practiced at it? Do they have a good track record? Or a history of incidents? You know you, and what you're comfortable with, the best. Once you have more information, I think you'll feel better about making your own decision. Good luck!

  3. DanaLew221 year ago

    Here's some articles that might help...

    http://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/small-pelvis-big-baby-cpd/

    http://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-for-induction-or-c-section-for-big-baby/

    Demand evidence based care and know that you can ALWAYS switch providers, I know some midwives will take women even at 36 weeks!

  4. celin1 year ago

    Thank you for giving those valuable comments, will keep those things in mind for sure, and thank you for sharing those articles Dana.

  5. flynntr1 year ago

    Thanks for sharimg

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