Operative Vaginal Delivery (More Info)
Description: The use of operative vaginal delivery techniques - episiotomy, forceps-assisted delivery, and vacuum-assisted delivery has declined in recent years. However, despite controversy about their use, there are clinical situations where each of these procedures is the best method to effect safe and healthy delivery. Therefore, each of these techniques has a place in the obstetric providers toolkit. This course discusses best practices in operative vaginal delivery. The fundamental mechanics of labor and delivery are discussed, along with indications for operative vaginal delivery and the performance and repair of episiotomy. Separate discussions of forceps and vacuum delivery emphasize the relationship between the normal forces of labor and the forces applied using the forceps or vacuum.
Submitted by: Advanced Practice Strategies
Added: Tue May 31 2011
Last Modified: Wed Jun 01 2011