Doctor tells of babies deaths delivered by Ventouse vacuum

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A SENIOR obstetrician held back tears while recalling the deaths of two newborns she delivered using a Ventouse "vacuum" machine.

[The doctor], who has delivered more than 2000 babies, yesterday told the Coroner's Court she had since changed her delivery methods and now "prefers to use forceps" when a baby shows signs of distress.

The court yesterday heard the babies died of multi-organ failure following a "massive" subgaleal haemorrhage, which may have been caused by the Ventouse machine ...

[The doctor] said she used the procedure when she needed to get the baby out quickly"...

Subgaleal haemorrhages are more likely to occur when the Ventouse is used, but it is rare for them to be fatal.

Two midwives ... told the court the vacuum setting of the machine was correct at all times during the deliveries ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448