Ventouse is a vacuum device used to assist the delivery of a baby when labour has not progressed adequately. It is an alternative to a forceps delivery and caesarean section. It is not usually used when the baby is in the breech position or for premature births. This technique is also called vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery or vacuum extraction.
As with any other procedure, there are risks associated with vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery. The possible complications of the procedure are Superficial scalp markings(chignon), Bleeding that results in a collection of blood under the skin (hematoma) -Cephalohematoma and subgaleal hematoma, Neonatal jaundice,Intracranial Haemorrhage and Retinal Haemorrhhage.