What is forceps delivery?
Forceps are a smooth, metal medical device shaped like a large pair of spoons or tongs. They’re used to help guide a baby’s head out of the vagina during delivery. During delivery, the forceps are applied to the head and your obstetrician will gently guide the baby out during a contraction as you push. They’re inserted right before a contraction begins, and they gently guide your baby's head out while you push, rotating the head if necessary and helping a tired mother deliver a stuck baby.