Do they use forceps during a c/s?

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Do they use forceps during a c/s?
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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 1:59pm
Does anyone know if they use forceps during a c-section? I've read somewhere on the internet where they do, but my husband doesn't recall them using them at either of our c-sections. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows.
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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 4:13pm
I'm assuming you're talking about the grab-the-baby's-head kind of forceps, and not just regular surgical forceps? If so, they didn't use them for mine, and I don't think it would be very common--just one more big thing to try and stick in the incision.

HTH,

Amy

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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 6:09pm
Hi! I assist with c/s, and we do have Delee delivery forcepts (the traditional big metal things) available. I've never seen them used. If they are having trouble bringin the head down, they use a vacuum extractor usually. It's possible the site you are referring to was referring to a pick-up type of focept (think of a big pair of tweezers (ranging from about 5 inces long to about 9 inches long) these areformally knowm as focepts as well, but are more commonly referred to as "pick-ups". This typw of forcept is essential to the cesarean section as is allows the surgeons to lift and secure tissue to better visualize the surgical site.

HTH

Jessica

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 5:08pm
Clarify, please. Are you saying that the "pick-ups" are used on the mother's tissues, but not the baby?
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 5:56pm
Right. Pick ups are used as the surgeon goes through each plane or "layer" (there are 5-skin, sub-q, fascia, peritineum, bladder flap, then the uterus). Think of them as extensions of the doc's fingers, used to hold tissue up and away from the surgical site. They are also used to help during the closing. They are not used on baby. The only device that would be used to assist baby out is the vacuum cup and suction, or, delivery forcepts, though as I said in my post, I've not ever seen them used. They really only use the vacuum if baby is way up. It saves time and baby can be delivered quicker-the faster they can deliver baby, the faster they can begin repairing the uterus.

HTH

Jessica

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Fri, 05-02-2003 - 12:47pm
Thank you all so much for the information. My reason for asking is that my 6 month old daughter is having some developmental delays and has been referred to a neurologist. The more research I'm doing on the web I seem to think some of her symptoms sound similar to Cerebral Palsy. It is fairly commong for babies to have CP as the result of a birth injury, usually from the use of forceps. I spoke to my OB, and she did not use forceps for her delivery, so that is encouraging. Disorders such as CP can also be caused by the mother having in infection, and since I had a kidney infection/kidney stones during my pregnancy, we're going to take a closer look at that to see if it may have been a factor.

Hopefully, it is just personality trait with Jenelle, and she is just on the "slower" side of things and will improve with physical therapy. Again, thank you all for the answers. I truly appreciate it!

Kelly

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Fri, 05-02-2003 - 4:34pm
Best of luck to you. I've also heard of the prenatal infection tie-in with CP, but from what I've gathered, the suspected infection is German Measles. I also had kidney issues during my PG with dd, but not this one so far. The only danger that kidney infections seem to cause during pregnancy is the increased chance of preterm labor (this is straight from my perinatalogists mouth). Obviously though, you would want to cover all your bases, and your pregnancy is a good place to start.

Hopefully as you said, this is just the way she is. You didn't specify the delays she has, but as you know and I've found in my adventures as a mom, there is a wide range of "normal" in child development. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Jessica

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Fri, 05-02-2003 - 5:44pm
Thank you Jessica!

Well, if that is one of the results of kidney infections, then that is what happened to me! I started my PTL symptoms at 34 weeks (placed on bedrest) and had her at 37 weeks. That makes me feel even better!

Jenelle is not supporting her head well, does not bear weight on her legs, favors one side of her body, does not track objects like a rattle or move her head to noises, and she is not grasping or holding anything. She is 6 months old. So, there is a lot of concern, but hopefully any PT she starts to get will start to help her improve.

Thanks again!

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Sun, 05-04-2003 - 3:23pm
My thoughts are with you and your little one!

Jessica