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Ventouse is a vacuum device used to assist the delivery of a baby when labour has not progressed adequately. It is an alternative to a forceps delivery. It is not usually used when the baby is in the breech position or for premature births. This technique is also called vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery.
Additional recommended knowledge
The woman is placed in the lithotomy position and assists throughout the process by pushing. A suction cup is placed onto the head of the baby and the suction draws the skin from the scalp into the cup. Most ventouse devices have handles and when the head is born the device can be detached, allowing the woman to complete the delivery of her child.
Some ventouse births have been conducted before the cervix was fully dilated though some medical practitioners disagree whether this should be done.
If the ventouse attempt fails it may be necessary to deliver the infant by caesarean section.
Indications for use of vacuum
There are three generally accepted indications to use a ventouse to aid delivery:
Comparisons to other forms of assisted delivery
Ventouse is also a commune of the Charente département, in France.
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