Caesarean Section: The Case for CaesAid Vacuum Delivery Cups vs Forceps

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The fetal head at a Caesarean delivery is usually delivered through a generous skin incision and fundal pressure. Research suggests that:

- Skin incision over 15 cm may cause ilioinguinal nerve damage.

- Uterine incisions – head delivery intervals of > 90 sec. may result in fetal hypoxia.*

In a recent study* de Jong and Stolwijk evaluated the CaesAid vacuum cup, together with Medela´s electronic vacuum pump, on maternal and fetal outcomes in comparsion to the use of forceps at caesarean delivery. The objective was: asses whether the CaesAid vacuum cup shortens the incision-delivery interval vs. forceps and document any perioperative complications for mother and neonate.


The results of the study suggest that the CaesAid vacuum cup is a safe and efficient alternative to forceps to deliver the fetal head at the caesarean section.

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* An audit of the CaesAid vacuum-assisted delivery cup compared to forceps delivery of the fetal head at caesarean section›, de Jong P., Stolkwij N., p.683, June 12 2019

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