A comparison of the morbidity of midforceps and cesarean delivery

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
R A BashoreC R Brinkman

Abstract

Neonatal and maternal outcome in 358 midforceps and 486 cesarean deliveries was compared by retrospective analysis. Neonatal outcome was evaluated on the basis of Apgar score, cord blood gas values, admission to the neonatal intensive care unit, and birth trauma. Maternal outcome was based on intraoperative and postoperative complications, blood loss, and hospital stay. There was no increase in significant short-term neonatal morbidity in the midforceps group, while maternal morbidity was higher in the cesarean delivery group. It is concluded that, in selected cases, midforceps delivery is safe for the neonate and mother.

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