I was inspired to cover this episode's topic because I recently attended several births that ended up being operative vaginal deliveries. Also known as an assisted vaginal birth, an operative vaginal delivery means that the medical provider uses tools - either forceps or a vacuum cup - to help deliver the baby vaginally.
In this episode you'll learn a lot more about what operative vaginal delivery is, how often it's done, when it's necessary and what the procedure is like. Operative deliveries only happen about 3% of the time, but it's still good for you to have some knowledge about it so you're prepared in case that becomes the best option on the day your baby arrives.
I will walk you through the different tools we use for assisted deliveries, why your provider needs to use the tool they are most comfortable with, and why an epidural is often a good idea with this kind of delivery. I'll also dispel some myths about assisted delivery and share the potential risks to the birthing person & baby.
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