Vacuum Delivery


(Depending on size)

  • Vacuum delivery may be performed in cases where there is a prolonged second stage of labor or suspicion of immediate or potential fetal compromise. This procedure assists delivery by helping to move the baby through the birth canal.
  • The vacuum cap is a simple device that is placed on the vertex of the head with a small hand-held vacuum pump; some physicians leave the vacuum on between contractions and some release the vacuum. The caps are set to pop off if the vacuum pressure is too high.
  • This procedure works with the uterine contractions, gently assisting and guiding the fetus out during contractions, and resting between them. It is not used between contractions.