Site display: Normal | Text Only

My Collection | About Us | Teachers

Find objects

Select from more than one or two options below:

Objects search

Can't find what you're looking for? Try the search below.

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.

Object number:




Glossary: obstetrics

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.