Failure to perform assisted deliveries is resulting in an increased neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality : an expert opinion

Pattinson, R. C. ; Vannevel, V. ; Barnard, D. ; Baloyi, S. ; Gebhardt, G. S. ; Le Roux, K. ; Moran, N. ; Moodley, J. (2018)

CITATION: Pattinson, R. C. et al. 2018. Failure to perform assisted deliveries is resulting in an increased neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality : an expert opinion. South African Medical Journal, 108(2):75-78, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i2.12786.

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The need to perform assisted vaginal delivery (AVD) has been regarded as self-evident. In high-income countries, rates of AVD range between 5% and 20% of all births. In South Africa, the rate of AVD is only 1%. This has resulted in increased neonatal morbidity and mortality due to intrapartum asphyxia, and increased maternal morbidity and mortality due to a rise in second-stage caesarean deliveries. In this article, we address the possible causes leading to a decrease in AVD and propose measures to be taken to increase the rates of AVD and subsequently reduce morbidity and mortality.

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