Here by we will be discussing about vacuum assisted delivery, which is also referred to as venture or vacuum extraction. So, what does a vacuum assisted delivery mean in the first place? It is the process where a doctor or a midwife needs the help of an instrument to, help you deliver the baby through the birth canal. This process is needed when the labour pain is not progressing through the second stage. The cervix is dilated and you are a victim of pushing and contraction. In the midst of this, both you and your baby is not reaching anywhere. This sort of delivery may also be needed if the heartbeat of the baby indicates that they are having a problem and delivery needs to be done straight away.
The doctor may go on to choose a vacuum device rather than forceps as the question of personal preference comes into the picture. In the United States, this form of delivery is used in less than 3% of the cases while forceps are used in less than 1% of the births.
If this form of delivery is needed, the doctor may go on to discuss the situation with you. If already there is the presence of an epidural, then some form of anaesthesia needs to be given. One may also need to have an episiotomy done as well. As far as this form of delivery is concerned, the health provider may get to the birth canal and a small suction like pipe device will be placed on top of the head of the baby. In fact, this device is linked to a small hand pump, which produces a vacuum in the cup and thereby attached to the scalp. The health care service provider will be able to put some form of traction on the baby when you pump. After the head of the baby emerges, the suction is released and then the cup removed. If the vacuum cup baby delivery does not work, then there is no option rather than prepare yourself for acesareansection delivery.
Some of the possible risks which are associated with this form of delivery is a risk to the scalp of the baby or a temporary form of swelling where the suction pipe is being attached. The swelling tends to go down within a day or two and any form of serious injury is a rare occurrence of sorts.
One of the possible risks which may tend to occur is any form of vaginal tearing. After the delivery, you may face some form of difficulty in urinating or your bladder may be empty most of the time. Complications are bound to occur in terms of vaginal birth, but the risk is all the more when it comes to vaginal extraction. If you suffer from any form of tear there is less chance of bleeding in any form.
You would need to discuss with your doctor about the pros and cons of this form of delivery.