ONE hundred and twenty-seven patients in whom ventouse (vacuum extractor) delivery was attempted are described. In 121 delivery was completed by the instrument; in 2 it was completed by forceps and in 4 by Caesarean section. The patients were compared with the next registered patient who had a spontaneous vaginal delivery of a baby presenting cephalically and matched for gestational length and parity. There were no significant differences in perinatal mortality or in perinatal, neonatal or maternal morbidity. Follow-up of the babies delivered by the ventouse for at yeast 2 years has shown no abnormalities in development. The continued use of the instrument in the second stage of labour in conjunction with a policy of active management of labour is recommended.
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DeCosta, C. The vacuum extractor — A re-appraisal. Ir J Med Sci 151, 105 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02940157
- Caesarean Section
- Foetal Distress
- Operative Delivery
- Vacuum Extractor
- Gestational Length