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Assisted Delivery - When, Why, and How?
Sometimes, it becomes apparent towards the end of the pushing stage that the baby needs assistance to travel down the birth canal. At this point, your medical professionals may consult with you about using either forceps or ventouse to help deliver the baby.
What is Assisted Delivery?
Assisted delivery is the stage before C-section. The baby is still delivered naturally through the birth canal and vagina, but tools are used to gently turn it and guide it through.
When Might I Need Assisted Delivery?
Every effort will be made to help you deliver without assistance, but the decision may be made if:
- The baby's position is making delivery too difficult.
- You have had an epidural and the muscles are too relaxed to push sufficiently.
- The baby is not receiving enough oxygen.
- The delivery is taking too long and you have become physically exhausted.
Vacuum Assisted Delivery
Also called ventouse assisted delivery, this method applies a small amount of suction to the baby's head and helps guide it through the birth canal.
Forceps Assisted Delivery
Forceps are large tong-like tools with loops on the end. They gently clamp the baby and allow a doctor or midwife to turn and guide them through the birth canal.
Find More Information on Assisted Delivery:
Scroll through our directory of articles on assisted delivery to find out more about how each of the methods works and how it might affect your delivery, your body, and your baby: