According to some accounts, the use of forceps during the delivery of a baby has been around since 1500 BC. They were more often used to save the life of the mother if the baby did not survive the birth. In the year 1600 AD, what may be considered “modern forceps” came into more common use. Since then, over 500 different shapes and styles of forceps have been created and used during delivery. In the early 1900s the use of forceps was common, especially because women at the time were often heavily sedated during delivery. As late as the 1970s, the use of forceps was still quite common, in large part because studies showed that labor exceeding two hours greatly increased the possibility of a fatal delivery event.
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