Forceps-assisted delivery associated with fewer neurologic complications

Forceps-assisted vaginal deliveries appear to be associated with fewer total neurologic complications, including seizure, than either vacuum-assisted or Cesarean deliveries, a recent study found. However, forceps-assisted delivery, compared with the other delivery methods, was associated with a higher incidence of brachial plexus injury and facial nerve palsy.

“Vacuum-assisted deliveries are becoming more popular in India due to ease of the technique and lesser maternal complications.”
-Sharad Gogate, MD, ob/gyn and perinatologist in Mumbai, India, and a member of mdCurrent-India’s Ob/Gyn Editorial Advisory Board

Assisted vaginal deliveries are becoming more popular in India in recent years. For example, in Chennai, the number of forceps-assisted and vacuum-assisted deliveries has increased more than...

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