View Poll Results: did you need assistance with your vaginal birth??

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    Default did you need the help of forceps or ventouse???

    anyone had the help of forceps or ventouse during vaginal birth?
    If needed i think i would prefer the ventouse over forceps
    what are your thoughts or experiences on either??

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    of my 2 vaginal births neither required either

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    I have had ventouse with both births (failed with 2nd birth which ended in c-section) and forceps with the 2nd also (also failed obviously!).

    Ventouse I didnt even notice but did leave a huge gash on my son (the 2nd birth) but things were desperate by then and they were trying anything to get him out.

    Forceps was horrific, basically made me feel like I was being peeled open like a banana to be honest. Extremely difficult to cope with mentally and not fight.

    I don't think they use forceps too often any more though do they?

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    Ventouse - forceps really scare me too!!

    DD's head was popping in and out, and back in again, I just couldn't hold it, and was too exhausted to push anymore (I shoulda stood up to let her fall out ) so had assistance to get her out. It stung having the ventouse put on her head (as she wasn't crowning, i had to be cut (just a tiny one - thankfully) and stretched to get it onto her head.) That was NOT pleasant, and i screamed the house down. The rest of it wasn't so bad, the next contraction hit, I pushed the dr pulled and DH caught her. She had a horrible cone on her head, but it was gone in a day or so. It probably put her neck out, and we had colic isssues for ages (i wish i'd seen a chiro earlier) but overall, not traumatic or long-term damaging. DS i pushed out all by myself, and i think that hurt more! But was much more rewarding too

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    Unfortunately, due to the ineptness of the hospital and it's staff, I required the use of forceps to remove my child. It was truly horrendous, both physically and emotionally.

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    When I transferred from a homebirth, (I'd been pushing 11 hours) I was offered the use of a ventouse to 'help baby out' and I flatly refused, I was determined to push him out myself, and I did

    I'm no expert, but I believe ventouse is used more commonly these days, as it is 'less damaging' to bub, and forceps are usually reserved for bubs which are 'stuck' higher up in the birth canal. So I think they do try to avoid forceps if possible, but sometimes they are deemed necessary...

    They are certainly not the most gentle of instruments, either of them, I'd allow them used only in a life and death situation pretty much.
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    I used my hands in my last birth.
    But never had the use of insturments.
    I also see them as only for absloute emergency.

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    Ventouse here. I had an epi so I couldn't feel anything. James just ended up with a bit of a red mark on his head for the first few days. I did have a 3rd degree tear though which the ventouse would have most likely contributed to.

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    Forceps scared the life out of me! I begged them for ventouse and next step C Section!

    Both by boys have been posterier, and Ive had Ventouse for both labours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    They are certainly not the most gentle of instruments, either of them, I'd allow them used only in a life and death situation pretty much.


    I didnt need either. And that was lucky as I was strongly against both aswell.


 

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