Levret type obstetrical forceps, Paris, France, 1801-1850

1801-1850 in Paris

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Levret delivery forceps, French, first half 19th century by Charriere

The two tong-like blades of this instrument were inserted into the mother’s birth canal and around the baby’s head. This was just like using other obstetrical forceps. The obstetrician then applied traction to ease the baby out. However, these forceps had a pronounced pelvic curve. This minimised damage or trauma to the mother. They were developed by Andre Levret (1703-1780) in 1747. This was the year he described his innovation of the pelvic curve to the Royal Academy in Paris. The forceps remained popular throughout the 1800s.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments) levret, obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument

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