V IS FOR VEN­T­HOUSE

Little Treasures - - NEW­BORN DAYS -

This is a suc­tion cup used to as­sist vagi­nal births in the push­ing stage, of­ten when mum is too ex­hausted. “The soft sil­i­con cup is in­serted into the birth canal and placed onto the baby’s head,” says Jac­qui An­der­son from the New Zealand Col­lege of Mid­wives. “Suc­tion is ap­plied so that the cup is held tight against the baby’s head and the ob­ste­tri­cian will gen­tly pull to help ease the baby out as the mother pushes.” The baby’s head may have a ‘cone shape’ swelling that cor­rects in a few days.

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