Malmstrom obstetrical vacuum extractor, Swedish, 1979.

Image number: 10412928

Malmstrom obstetrical vacuum extractor, Swedish, 1979.

This instrument was used to help deliver babies, in place of forceps. It is a type designed by the Swede T Malmstrom in the 1950s and was manufactured by AB Vacuum Extractor in Sweden. In 1849 the British obstetrician, Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870), successfully used a suction cup attached to the baby's head to aid delivery, and this is the idea that Malmstrom revived one hundred years later.

Image number:
10412928
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 12:17
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Science Museum