Hi, pls shed some light on vac I'm due in 7,1/2 wks. What are the success rates & complications. My main concern is a forceps delivery.
Answer: Hi, Most women don't require vacuum extraction or forceps when giving birth vaginally. Statistics vary according to whether a midwife or doctor is supporting the delivery and if in a public or private hospital. Forceps can be necessary if the labour is obstructed, if there is failure to progress, if the baby is in distress and needs to be delivered quickly or if the baby's position is not head facing downwards. There needs to be clear justification for using vacuum extraction or forceps and many times, it's not until the 2nd stage of labour that the assessment is done that they are necessary. Have you spoken with your maternity care provider about your concerns? If you're fearful then it's important that your carer knows and does all that they can to support you having a non-intervention birth. However, what's important is that the baby is in a good state and is managing labour and birth well too. Labour is never a definite outcome in terms of the way it progresses. I suggest you check the information on the Huggies site about labour and delivery and also speak with your midwife/doctor about your concerns. If your baby is in a head down position and you have a normal shaped and sized pelvis, the baby isn't particularly large and there's no reason to believe you will need a vacuum or forceps delivery then these are all reassuring factors. Best Jane
Answered: 28 Feb 2015