In recent times, forceps are less in favor for aiding a difficult delivery. C-section rates have increased and vacuum delivery devices are now used more often.
The study focused on the risk for neurologic complications in newborns, for example seizures and bleeding in or around the brain.
The study drew on data from more than 400,000 first child births. Results showed forceps deliveries had a 45 percent lower chance of suffering a seizure than vacuum assisted or c-section deliveries. They also found that newborns from a c-section were less likely to suffer subdural hemorrhage a type of bleeding around the brain.
Looking at the bigger picture, the risks of any of these complications is low, whatever the type of delivery.
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