Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods. Here is the truth about: Assisted Deliveries.
On occasion, you may need a bit of extra help with pushing and delivering the baby – they way you are often helped is in the form of an assisted delivery. This is often the case in women who have had an epidural and no longer feel their contractions or the urge to bear down, first-time moms who can’t quite get the hang of how to push or when someone has been pushing for a long time and is beginning to get tired.
Your gynaecologist/obstetrician may opt to use either Forceps or a Ventouse (suction) to assist you when you deliver. The use of forceps is not as common these days.
You will still need to push, and your obstetrician simply helps with the delivery of your baby’s head. Both these methods involve attaching the instruments to the head of the baby, and gently pulling in a downward motion during contractions, while you’re pushing. It is possible to avoid having an assisted delivery, for example by birthing in an upright position, not having an epidural, and by having a good support system to spur you on. Always wait for the urge to push before you start pushing, as you will lose energy by pushing unnecessarily. Unfortunately though, assisted deliveries can’t always be avoided.