Ventouse delivery is a safe and effective way to deliver your baby. This type of delivery uses a vacuum device to help the baby out of the womb.
Ventouse delivery has been used for many years and has a very high success rate. It is often used in cases where the baby is in a difficult position or when there are concerns about the health of the mother or baby. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of ventouse delivery, as well as how it is performed.
What is a ventouse delivery?
A ventouse delivery, also known as vacuum-assisted delivery, is a safe and effective way to deliver your baby. It is a method of assisted vaginal birth. This type of delivery uses a vacuum device to help guide the baby’s head through the birth canal.
What is a ventouse?
A ventouse is a suction cup that is attached to the baby’s head during delivery. The cup may be made of plastic or metal, and it is sometimes connected to a suction machine with a tube. It is used to help deliver the baby safely and effectively.
How does it work?
The ventouse is attached to the baby’s head, and a vacuum is created. This helps to gently pull the baby down the birth canal and into the world.
Why is ventouse delivery done?
Ventouse delivery is often used when the mother is having difficulty pushing the baby out or tired of pushing or when the baby is in an abnormal position. This type of delivery can also be used if there are concerns about the baby’s heart rate or if the baby is in distress.
What happens during a ventouse delivery?
Your obstetrician will check your baby’s head position. The cup will then be placed on top of your baby’s head. When the suction is activated, you may feel a pulling sensation. The vacuum will help to pull your baby down the birth canal and into the world.
Sometimes, you will be given an epidural or spinal block to numb the lower half of your body. You will also be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the ventouse will be placed.
Your baby’s condition will need to be monitored during the delivery. A monitor will be used to check their heartbeat.
You will be asked to push when your baby’s head is born. You may need to push more than once. The ventouse will then be removed, and your baby will be born.
What are the benefits of a ventouse delivery?
There are many benefits to using a ventouse during delivery. These include:
- It is a safe and effective way to deliver your baby.
- It can be used if your baby is in an abnormal position.
- It can be used if your baby is too large to be delivered vaginally.
- It can help to prevent injuries to your baby during delivery.
- It can help to deliver your baby more quickly.
What are the risks of a ventouse delivery?
There are some risks associated with using a ventouse during delivery. These include:
- Ventouse being dislodged
- The vacuum is released
- Discomfort or pain
- Vaginal tearing or episiotomy
- A bruise on the baby’s head (cephalohaematoma)
- A mark on the baby’s head (chignon)
A “chignon” is a mark or a swelling that appears on the top of your baby’s head after using Ventouse instruments. It generally disappears within a few hours or days.
What are the possible outcomes if a ventouse delivery fails?
For the majority of women, a ventouse birth is ideal. It is less likely to bruise or tear your vagina and perineum during delivery. But it is not as successful as a forceps-assisted birth.
If the ventouse fails, your obstetrician may need to employ a forceps or plan for a cesarean birth. The approach chosen will be based on your circumstances.
If you are less than 34 weeks pregnant, the ventouse is not suitable. This is because your baby’s head is smaller and softer than normal.
If you are considering a ventouse delivery, it is important to speak to your obstetrician about the risks and benefits. This is a safe and effective way to deliver your baby, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved.