Calls to ban the use of forceps in Australia due to the horrific injuries caused to some women during childbirth.
Brisbane mother, Amy Dawes, had planned for a natural birth for her first child. But those plans went awry when the baby got stuck and required intervention.
“I remember crying at the thought of a caesarean and I knew nothing of the risks of a forceps delivery,” she tells ABC news.
“I ended up with severe vaginal tearing and a third-degree perineal tear which still impacts on every aspect of my life including the work I can do and how I interact with my child and my partner.”
The experience prompted Ms Dawes to co-found the Australasian Birth Trauma Association support group.
She wants forceps banned or at least their use in Australia to be reduced.
Hans Peter Dietz, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Sydney Medical School, sees the aftermath of a traumatic birth while conducting surgical trials on women with damage to their pelvic floor or anal sphincter.
“Many obstetricians are simply not aware of how much damage is done by forceps,” Professor Dietz said.
“Forceps are a great instrument to use for the obstetrician but it’s very much at the cost of the woman and sometimes the baby.”
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