Fact: In Australia and the United Kingdom, the policy to reduce Caesarean births has led to an increase in the use of forceps during vaginal deliveries.1
Fact: This policy has also prolonged the duration of pushing during the critical 2nd stage of labour, when the baby is actually delivered.1
Fact: Both the use of forceps and increased duration of pushing increase risk to mother and child.1,2
Fact: Compared to forceps, vacuum-assisted delivery (or ventouse) causes less maternal trauma, less blood loss, and requires less maternal pain medication.2
Fact: Vacuum-assisted delivery is a good alternative to forceps and even Caesarean section when labour is stalled.3


Know your options prior to giving birth.

Speak with your doctor about vacuum-assisted delivery (instead of forceps) and as a way to help reduce the trauma associated with operative vaginal delivery or other appropriate indications.

To aid with your discussion, bring this form to your obstetrician on your next appointment.



  1. We need to speak more honestly about traumatic births. Available at: http://www.dailylife.com.au/life-and-love/parenting-and-families/we-need-tospeak-more-honestly-about-traumatic-births-20151013-gk87bv.html
  2. McQuivey RW. Vacuum-assisted delivery: a review. J Mat–Fet Neonat Med. 2004;16:171–179
  3. Baskett TF, Cora MB, Fanning RN, Young DC. A prospective observational study of 1000 vacuum assisted deliveries with the OmniCup Device. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2008;30(7):573–580.



Kiwi VAC-6000M Product Image - OmniCup

The OmniCup is the most versatile of the Kiwi vacuums. Its flexible-stem and low profile cup enable placement over the flexion point of the baby’s head no matter the fetal head position. This is vital in order to realign the head so that the smallest diameters of the fetal head are presented to the birth canal. When the OmniCup is properly placed and traction is exerted in-line with the pelvic axis, malpositions of the fetal head can be corrected.

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Kiwi VAC-6000MT Product Image - OmniCup

The Omni-MT has the same great features as the Omnicup with the addition of the Traction Force Indicator. The Traction Force Indicator is designed to measure the force exerted during traction. This allows the operator to correlate tactile sensation of traction force with a visual scale, helping to reduce “pop-offs” and especially valuable for training purposes

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Kiwi VAC-6000C Product Image - Cesarean Delivery

The Omni-C is designed specifically for the confined abdominal space of C-section deliveries. Its use contributes to less blood loss, fewer extensions of the uterine incision, and fewer cervical lacerations.1 The Omni-C’s even slimmer cup profile, finger grooves and baffle filter on the inside make it the only vacuum designed specifically for use during C-section.

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1 Vacuum-Assisted Delivery of the Fetal Head at Cesarean Section. R.W. McQuivey, M.D., V. LaPorte, M.D., and A. Vacca, M.D. 1st Beijing International Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology, October 7-10 2005, Beijing, China.

VAC-6000S Kiwi Pro Cup

The ProCup offers a soft flexible cup which expands and molds to the fetal head. Specifically for use with low occiput anterior and outlet presentations, if you prefer a rigid stem over a flexible stem then this is the vacuum for you.

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