Sometimes it is necessary to guide the baby's head along the birth canal using forceps (2 large spoons) applied to baby's head. The method is sometimes used during Fetal distress, prolonged second stage of labour, a delay of delivery due to the baby's position or the mother is too tired to push. 

Studies have shown that assisting with delivery this way does not pose any greater risk to the mother or the baby than a C-section. When applied properly, forceps would very rarely cause any permanent injury to the baby. The forceps' marks on the baby's cheeks usually disappear in a few days. Very rarely, the baby's facial nerves may be temporarily injured. The resulting drooping of facial muscles almost always recovers completely in a matter of weeks.

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