20 July 2009

Assisted Baby Delivery

Assisted delivery happens late in labor, when your baby is almost out. Your caregiver may use a vacuum or forceps to help pull your baby out. Track your baby's ...

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everything all the information that you need about being pregnant and having a baby I don't know what I do actually if I didn't have baby Sarah [Music] with birth it's best to expect the unexpected sometimes during the pushing stage of Labor it's in the best interest of the baby or mother to speed up delivery by using forceps or a vacuum device this is known as an assisted or operative vaginal delivery often used as one last step before opting for a c-section when a doctor is suggesting using an instrument usually it's because of an indication the baby needs to be delivered soon mom's exhausted dr. Jason Baxter is a perinatologist and the director of research and obstetrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital he is using this medical training model and baby to explain how forceps and vacuums are used in delivery most obstetricians won't offer the option of a forcep or vacuum assisted vaginal delivery unless the baby's in a safe position far enough down in the birth canal to perform that procedure many of these instruments were designed more than a century go it's

perfectly normal for parents to have fears about the risks associated with using these instruments but serious complications are relatively rare you can see that the vacuum cup soft foam on the inside and is connected through a wire to a handheld pump where we can measure the amount of pressure applied at the point of suction so the doctor will gently place the plastic cup on the top of the baby's head then while a contraction is occurring will pump up the pressure and then pull Wahl mom pushes this will help guide the head down through the birth canal release the pressure on the cup and help the baby's head deliver about 1% of all u.s. births use forceps and assisted or operative vaginal births and a little over 4% use plastic vacuum or suction cups these are actually specifically designed to follow the curve of baby's head and the curve of moms pelvis to minimize any potential damage to each there are over 40 types of forceps this one is a standard shape and design typically the doctor will protect the side of moms vagina will gently slide 1/4 set in front of baby's ear over the cheekbone and then placing the other forcep like

the four set blades and then while mom pushes help deliver the baby to the vaginal opening the forceps are removed and the baby is delivered an operative vaginal birth can result in worse tears to the perineum or the vagina the biggest risks that I talked to parents about is the risk of marks you can see little mark left by the suction your baby may have temporary bruising or small cuts on his head or face that may last for several days more serious problems like bleeding under the scalp brain or eye injury and nerve damage are relatively rare the overall risks and benefits of a vacuum versus forceps delivery are about the same and results are best when the doctor uses the method he or she is most comfortable with long before you're in the delivery room you should ask your doctor whether he or she has experienced delivering babies with forceps or a vacuum before consenting ask why in assisted vaginal delivery is necessary which method will be used and what the risks and benefits are as well as any alternatives available for you and your baby inexperienced hands these medical instruments can be lifesavers

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