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Dr. Laurie Green
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Prolonged Labor (Overview)

There are times when it is necessary to help the delivery along using forceps or a vacuum extractor. Forceps resemble two large salad spoons, and the doctor uses them to guide the baby's head out of the birth canal. Vacuum extraction uses a soft plastic cup that is applied to the baby's head and stays in place by suction. There is a handle on the cup that allows the doctor to use this to assist with delivery through the birth canal. The choice between using forceps or a vacuum extractor is usually made by the doctor.


Dr. Laurie Green
14 doctors shared insights

Prolonged Labor (Overview)

There are times when it is necessary to help the delivery along using forceps or a vacuum extractor. Forceps resemble two large salad spoons, and the doctor uses them to guide the baby's head out of the birth canal. Vacuum extraction uses a soft plastic cup that is applied to the baby's head and stays in place by suction. There is a handle on the cup that allows the doctor to use this to assist with delivery through the birth canal. The choice between using forceps or a vacuum extractor is usually made by the doctor.


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Prolonged labor causes?

Prolonged labor causes?

Fetal/maternal size.: Large babies and small/large mothers have higher likelihood of prolonged labors. Other causes: maternal uterine fibroids, intraamniotic infections, magnesium sulfate, malpresentation. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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How do complementary doctors treat prolonged labor?

How do complementary doctors treat prolonged labor?

Unsure: I have no knowledge of a complementary doctor providing intrapartum obstetric care. The length of the labor is directly related to labor, delivery, and postpartum complications - so a prolonged labor does need to be managed in some manner to expedite a safe delivery, for both mother and baby. ...Read more

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Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Exersise: Women in a good physical shape always has a better outcome with the pregnancies and labor, especially when they have good abdominal and pelvic muscles. It's might be too late now if you are in your last trimester, but swimming is still an option. ...Read more

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Prolonged labor causes?

Fetal/maternal size.: Large babies and small/large mothers have higher likelihood of prolonged labors. Other causes: maternal uterine fibroids, intraamniotic infections, magnesium sulfate, malpresentation. ...Read more

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Is there something I can do to avoid a prolonged labor?

Exersise: Women in a good physical shape always has a better outcome with the pregnancies and labor, especially when they have good abdominal and pelvic muscles. It's might be too late now if you are in your last trimester, but swimming is still an option. ...Read more

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