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C-Section No Cure-All for Problem Births

For Prolonged or Halted Labor, C-Section Not Clearly Better Than Instrument Delivery

Making the Choice

At her institution, Timmins says, the policy is for pregnant women and their doctors to discuss what might happen during labor long before the event.

"Basically, if I am comfortable that mother and fetus met all criteria for safe forceps delivery, I will offer them a trial," Timmins says. "If they have strong opinions, and say they don't want them used, we don't use them. We don't force them on anybody. But most of the time women and their partners understand that, in well-trained hands, a forceps or vacuum delivery is just as safe as a C-section."

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