the inner curve of the hook is serrated to grip the fetus and remove it whole or in parts. These hooks are used to save a mother’s life by relieving vaginal obstruction and expediting the delivery of the stillbirth. The decapitating hook is inserted through the vagina and hooked onto a fetal part, while traction on the sturdy handle removes the fetus through the birth canal of the mother. The Surtex instruments decapitating hooks are available in different styles including the Braun decapitating hook
with a bulbed hook at one end to pull the stillbirth through the vaginal canal and the commonly used Smellie decapitating hook
, which is equipped with a hook on both ends to optimize traction at different angles for fetal removal.