Instrumental delivery and emergency caesarean section

Instrumental delivery

An instrumental delivery is where either a ventouse (suction cup) or forceps are used to gently pull the baby down the birth canal, whilst the mother pushes to achieve a vaginal birth. The procedure is performed by an obstetrician. Around 13% of women will require an instrumental delivery.

Emergency caesarean section

Around 15% of women will require an emergency caesarean section. Both our maternity units have a specialist theatre where emergency caesareans can be performed.