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Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity After Attempted Operative Vaginal Delivery According to Fetal Head Station

Ducarme, G. MD, MSc; Hamel, J.-F. MD, PhD; Bouet, P.-E. MD; Legendre, G. MD; Vandenbroucke, L. MD; Sentilhes, L. MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000489476.22404.06
Mother, Fetus, Neonate
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(Obstet Gynecol. 2015;126:521–529)

It has been suggested that midpelvic operative vaginal delivery methods (eg, vacuum extraction, Thierry’s spatulas, or forceps) might significantly increase maternal and neonatal morbidity. However, the data are not up-to-date. Subsequently, the authors of the present study assessed severe maternal and neonatal morbidity after attempted operative vaginal delivery and also compared morbidity after midpelvic and low pelvic delivery attempts.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Hospital, La Roche sur Yon, France

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