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.

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.

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Vacuum and Forceps deliveries

3 comments on “The Truth About Labour – Assisted Deliveries”

  1. Which method do you find to be superior, or is it more case dependant?
    I’ve also come across a method of assisted delivery which basically involved compressing the woman’s upper abdomen, is this still practised today? (I haven’t seen it mentioned much, mainly from an article about giving birth in the US as a white person, versus an African American in the first half of the 1900’s. The ‘civilized’/white practices were quite the opposite of civil.)

    • The vacuum delivery is by far superior, as it has fewer complications and effects on the baby.
      The ‘pushing on the abdomen’ thing is a very cruel way, and is associated with uterine rupture, and general injury. It should never be practiced these days (although, I still see it every now and then in government hospitals).

      • Thanks, that makes sense, it’s good to know that there is an alternative to the forceps.
        It was a practice of the civilized side of the above hospital, I’m not surprised it’s associated with injury. It seemed like it could be a logical way to go, but it appears to require excess force. Other choice practices were the “husbands stitch”. The African American side of it seemed much more humane in the treatment of the birth process, upright delivery, or on all fours, inclusion of family etc. I can’t find the article unfortunately, it may have been a chapter out of a book though, it was a very interesting first hand account.

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