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Side Effects of Assisted Delivery

What is Assisted Delivery?

Pregnancy is not an easy process; it comes with birth pains, complications, and sometimes even scares. It is not uncommon to hear that some women are unable to deliver their baby easily – like when the baby is stuck in the birth canal and a helping hand is required for the process of delivering the child safely. Depending on the condition of both mother and child, the doctor may use tools such as forceps or a vacuum to successfully do just that.

For most women (if not all), their only objective is to have their baby delivered safely no matter what and there are times that doctors are made to make hard decisions when faced with such birthing complications, some methods used, like Assisted Delivery, could potentially cause harm to your baby instead. Are you aware of the side effects and dangers?

Is Vacuum-Assisted Delivery, Good or Bad?

While there are benefits of doctors proceeding with the vacuum-assisted delivery, also known as ventouse, there have been reports of complications that occurred to women who have chosen that alternative delivery procedure.

Ventouse is basically when a doctor uses an instrument that is connected to a suction piece that cups the baby’s head and guides out of the birth canal. As harmless as it may sound, the baby may have intracranial haemorrhage (bleeding in the skull) or a fractured skull. Common injuries like bruising and lacerations will not lead to extended complications. However, even if there is no brain injury like bleeding, cerebral palsy and seizure may still occur due to prolonged labour and hypoxia, as the child has been stuck in the birth canal for too long and oxygen to the brain has been compromised.

Use of Forceps for Assisted Delivery, Good or Bad?

Primarily used when pregnant women are going through an extreme crisis, like requiring immediate delivery and C-section is not preferred, the forceps are like two big spoons used to gently clamp the baby’s head and successfully have the baby delivered.

However, the side effects of proceeding with using forceps include the possibility of a fractured head, facial paralysis and seizures, among others. Any damage that occurs to the facial muscle or nerve may lead to permanent facial disfiguration and impaired function.

How to Avoid the Need for Assisted-Delivery?

The baby isn’t the only person that may be affected by any of the two mentioned procedures, as the mother too will suffer from possible damages to vagina and cervix, if not performed by a trained professional, as well as pain to the pelvic joint.

By understanding what causes required assistance during delivery, the higher the likability that pregnant women will be able to experience a painful but natural labour process – one without added help.

While in pre-labour, the best thing to do is avoid unnecessary exertion of energy but to instead, sit back and relax. When a woman goes into labour, sitting up would be preferred as it will not restrict movement and to be constantly active. Also, staying hydrated and well-fed is important as lots of energy is needed as when it is time to push the baby out.

Another thing that would help with delivery is to log online and research on open and active positions that will come in handy during the pushing stage.

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