Roshni R Patel, , Deirdre J Murphy
The authors conclude that:
Practice guidelines and protocols may help to ensure safe and consistent obstetric practice. Forceps delivery may offer advantages over caesarean section, but only if short and long term health benefits can be shown, including the potential for future uncomplicated spontaneous vaginal deliveries. Further research is required to evaluate women's overall reproductive outcome and satisfaction with the birth experience. The challenge for obstetricians is to make sure that options for safe delivery are not limited for women who experience complications in labor.