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Tick ​​delivery - is it less and less frequent?

Tick ​​delivery - is it less and less frequent?


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Tick ​​labor is one of the most alarming scenarios during labor. Stories about how it happens, freeze future parents. Instead of approaching the topic too emotionally, it's better to know the facts and understand when tick labor is performed.

Tick ​​delivery: what is it about?

A tick birth is a procedure performed using metal obstetric forceps, which are similar to two bent spoons. The shape of the tick is the same as in the sixteenth century, when this tool was invented. The size of the forceps allows the tool to adjust to the shape of the head of the newborn baby and the curves present in the birth canal.

Ticks allow the doctor to capture the newborn's head in the birth canal and gently pull down during contraction. Ticks can be used only when the baby's head is fully open and present in the birth canal, as well as its proper positioning.

The procedure is performed at epidural or local perineal anesthesia. The doctor puts a spoon on the child's head, fastens the ends with a zipper and during the contraction mimics the movement of pushing (in this case pulling) the child. When the baby's head comes out of the world, the ticks are removed and the childbirth is done naturally.

Contraindication and tick birth

Childbirth using ticks cannot be carried out in the transverse position of the child, if the child is very small (low birth weight) or when it is not possible to give birth to a child because of him large and narrow pelvis.

Tick ​​delivery - when is it necessary?

Childbirth using ticks is currently used rarely.

The indication is when in the last stage of labor there are complications, most often the threat to the life or health of the child and you need to quickly finish the delivery. Most often, doctors decide to use ticks when the last phase of delivery will lengthen dangerously and your child is at risk of hypoxia.

In addition, the indication for tick birth is umbilical cord prolapse, abnormal fetal heart rate, as well as the departure of green fetal waters.

Requirements for tick delivery

A decision on tick birth can be made if:

  • the baby's head is located in the lower section of the birth canal,
  • the cervix is ​​completely open, i.e. 10 cm,
  • the waters were out,
  • the mother is not able to effectively push

Is there anything to be afraid of?

A tick birth is performed only in certain situations, when it is necessary for the child to be born healthy and for the mother to enjoy the baby she wants. In the hands of an experienced doctor, ticks are an irreplaceable tool,

It is true that as a result of tick delivery, the child often has a slightly distorted head, abrasions, bruises, but these disappear within a few days. In the case of a woman, the process of healing the perineum may unfortunately take longer due to the need for a deeper cut.