Vacuum-Assisted Delivery

Vacuum-Assisted Delivery

This Vacuum-Assisted Delivery course will teach you:

  • The different types of vacuum cups
  • How to place the vacuum cup on the fetal head correctly
  • How to perform a vacuum-assisted delivery


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Step by step

Vacuum-assisted Delivery


In this film the steps performed during a vacuum assisted delivery will be demonstrated.

The vacuum assisted delivery is also known as a ventouse delivery.

A vacuum assisted delivery may be performed on maternal or fetal indications.

For a vacuum delivery the following instruments are needed; a syringe and needle, anesthetic, scissors to perform an episiotomy, cotton, sterile gloves, catheter, two clamps and a pair of scissors for the umbilical cord, the vacuum delivery device.

The woman is placed in the lithotomy position with her legs positioned in stirrups.

The bladder is emptied once using a catheter.

The vulva is anesthetized with a local anesthetic for the event of an episiotomy if no epidural is in place.

The position of the fetal head and the engagement is assessed by performing an internal examination.

Based on these findings the type of vacuum and thus the preferred type of cup can be determined.

If the position of the head is unclear during an internal examination an intrapartum ultrasound may be performed to confirm fetal position.

A fully dilated cervix and ruptured membranes are necessary conditions for a vacuum assisted delivery.

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