Obstetrical forceps, Norway, 1801-1900
Obstetrical forceps grip and help rotate the baby’s head during difficult labour. The curved blades of the forceps fit the curve of the head as well as the mother’s birth canal. Obstetrical forceps were originally the preserve of a few secret individuals. They were introduced to the public in the early 1700s, with many variations and gradually found widespread use. This pair is made from steel, with the handle shaped for the physician’s hand. The forceps were bought from a private collector in Oslo, Norway in September 1929.
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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.