Forceps or a ventouse birth is also called an assisted vaginal birth. An assisted delivery might be used if there are concerns for the baby’s health if they are not moving out of the birth canal like it should be.
During the antenatal period, several checks are undertaken to try and detect possible health complications in the baby, arising from chromosome abnormalities. This includes checking for conditions such Down’s Syndrome.
Neonatal infection can be acquired in the womb, passed through the placenta by the mother or through ruptured membranes, in the birth canal during delivery or from external sources after birth (postpartum).
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