Operative Vaginal Birth

Stephen O'brien, Anna Denereaz, Timothy Draycott

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


Operative vaginal delivery is defined as a procedure performed in the final part of the second stage of labor in which the operator uses either forceps or a vacuum device to promote the extraction of the fetus from the birth canal. The goal of operative vaginal delivery is to facilitate vaginal birth, hence speeding up delivery with a minimum of maternal or neonatal morbidity (Keriakos et al. J Obstet Gynaecol 33(8):781–786, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement and Therapy of Late Pregnancy Complications
Subtitle of host publicationThird Trimester and Puerperium
EditorsAndrea Tinelli, Mario Malvasi, Giancarlo Di Renzo
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319487328
ISBN (Print)9783319487304
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2017


  • Birth
  • Operative birth

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