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Maternal Injury via Forceps on the Rise in Australia

Maternal Injury via Forceps on the Rise in Australia

In Australian hospitals, concern is mounting over women who are sustaining injuries after delivering babies by forceps instead of caesarean section, according to Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Sydney Medical School, Peter Dietz, one of the country’s leading experts on maternal injuries. Dietz observed the efforts hospitals were taking to bring down the rate of caesarean deliveries—delivering by forceps instead—but until recently, doctors weren’t aware of the damage forceps can do to the pelvic floor. “That [kind of injury] happens in about 10% of women having their babies normally, it happens maybe 11% after a vacuum or with a vacuum, and it happens here in Sydney in 44% of all forceps,” Dietz said. Dietz maintains that women should be more informed of the pros and cons of an attempted vaginal delivery, as well as those of an elected caesarean, to protect against injury and subsequent legal issues.

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