Ventouse – an aid during childbirth
A ventouse is an instrument that can be used to facilitate childbirth for pregnant women. It's employed in specific situations and can be highly beneficial in aiding the safe delivery of the baby.
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Verified by Jenny Jansson
What is a ventouse?
A ventouse is a "cup" that is placed on the baby's head during childbirth. It is connected to a device that creates a gentle suction, helping the baby move through the birth canal. Ventouses are used when extra assistance is needed to expedite the delivery or if the baby's heartbeat indicates insufficient oxygen supply.
How and when is a ventouse used?
The ventouse is always used when the pregnant woman is fully dilated and the baby's head has passed the pelvic floor. Before using the ventouse, the doctor or midwife assesses the situation to ensure its appropriate application. The procedure is performed during a contraction to aid the baby's passage.
The doctor gently positions the ventouse on the baby's head after inserting it into the vagina. As you, the mother, push, the doctor gently pulls on the ventouse. If you've received pain relief and have difficulty feeling contractions, the midwife can assist by palpating your abdomen and informing you when a contraction is occurring.
To reduce the risk of tearing, a midwife may also provide counterpressure at the perineum. The doctor typically applies traction to the ventouse only during contractions. It might take 4-5 contractions for you to push and the doctor to pull with the ventouse. Sometimes, the ventouse is removed before the baby is fully out, and then you, as the mother, push the final bit on your own.
It's essential to remember that a ventouse is only used in specific situations and when there are medical reasons for its use. The decision to use the ventouse is always made by the doctor or midwife based on the health of both the mother and the baby.
Verified by Jenny Jansson
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