Hamon type obstetrical forceps, France, 1860-1930
This type of forceps is known as ‘retroceps’. They are made from nickel-plated steel and are designed to act like a hand behind the baby’s head. Obstetrical forceps gripped a baby’s head during difficult childbirths. Retroceps were invented by a man called Hamon around 1864. They were one of many designs to appear in the 1800s.
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A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.
Glossary: obstetrical forceps
An instrument used to assist the delivery of a foetus, usually during a birth where complications have developed. Numerous variations have been developed over time. The fundamental design has two separate looped blades with handles. These interlock to form a grasping instrument.