Assisted Vacuum Delivery and Forceps Delivery, Defined
As the name suggests, an assisted delivery makes use of additional equipment for childbirth. Also known as instrumental delivery, this form of childbirth occurs vaginally. This does not happen to every mother but is required if the baby is in the wrong position.
For example, if the baby has rotated within the womb and cannot come out simply with the mother’s push. The doctor will then use either forceps or a ventouse/vacuum to get the baby out safely. Anesthesia is usually used to numb the pelvic floor for a vaginal delivery if an epidural has not been given.
Some common issues that would require an assisted delivery are:
- Fetal heart rate
- Prolonged labor and the mother is too exhausted to push anymore
- The baby is in an abnormal position