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|Posted on November 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM|
Today, we take a look at an option that is offered to families as an alternative to a cesarean. While at first read, it may not be something you are willing to consider, once you are in the situation, using a forceps or a vacuum may be something you will be grateful you read up on when all things were calm.
One must weigh the benefits and the risks of these instrument deliveries with the benefit of a vaginal birth. Once you choose a cesarean birth, your future birth choices are going to be restricted by various players: your own beliefs, your care provider, and your birth place.
Definitions: Forceps/Vacuum Extraction
Vacuum Extraction (VE) aka Ventouse
Why was it developed? What was it supposed to treat? Has it been effective: as in, has the incidence decreased because of the intervention/procedure/test?
Ventouse/Vacuum Extraction (VE)
In the immediate post partum period forceps have been associated with increased perineal and vaginal trauma and a greater requirement for analgesia compared with vacuum extractors.
These findings were confirmed by another study, which also found that cervical laceration, post partum infection and other complications, and prolonged hospital stay were more common in women who had forceps delivery compared with those who had vacuum assisted delivery.
Vacuum Extraction (VE)/Ventouse PROS
Vacuum Extraction (VE) / Ventouse CONS
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