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Uterine forceps, model, London, England,1822-1869

Uterine forceps are a standard instrument during childbirth. They are inserted into the birth canal to grip the foetus. This model was probably for training purposes. It was made by surgical instrument maker Ferguson during the mid-19th century. A range of instruments were needed when attending a birth. An obstetric physician, or male midwife, was not normally present in routine births during the 1800s. However, he would be called to assist in desperate circumstances.

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

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: forceps

A pliers-like medical instrument used to grasp tissue.