What is a ventouse baby as Molly-Mae shares candid details of Bambi’s delivery

Molly-Mae Hague has shared her birth story with fans after welcoming her first child, Bambi, with Tommy Fury last month.

The 23 year old mum-of-one started her YouTube vlog crying as she showed off baby Bambi, which saw her also reflecting on the backlash to her little one's unusual name, to her fans via the cameras, and admitted it's been a whirlwind since the birth.

After introducing her bundle of joy to fans, Molly-Mae shared the details of the hours leading up to her arrival, and later opened up about giving birth.

The former Love Island star candidly revealed that Bambi was a “ventouse baby”, but fans have been asking what exactly does that mean?

Molly-Mae’s birth details

During her birth video, Molly-Mae revealed that Bambi was a ventouse baby as she shared the details of her arrival.

“Bambi was actually a ventouse baby,” she explained. “I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but it’s kind of like a suction cup that goes on the baby’s head.”

She added: “I said online that I had a ‘natural delivery’, but there was nothing particularly natural about my birth at all. I had an epidural, I had loads of pain medication, I had a ventouse, which essentially means when I’m pushing Bambi out the doctor is essentially pulling Bambi out.

“I can see from the video she was sort of gently wiggling her out.”

What is a ventouse baby?

According to the NHS, an assisted birth (also known as an instrumental delivery) is when forceps or a ventouse suction cup are used to help deliver the baby.

Ventouse and forceps are safe and only used when necessary for you and your baby. Assisted delivery is less common in women who've had a spontaneous vaginal birth before.

A ventouse (vacuum cup) is attached to the baby's head by suction. A soft or hard plastic or metal cup is attached by a tube to a suction device. The cup fits firmly on to your baby's head.

During a contraction and with the help of your pushing, the obstetrician or midwife gently pulls to help deliver your baby.

If you need an assisted birth and you are giving birth at less than 36 weeks pregnant, then forceps may be recommended over ventouse. This is because forceps are less likely to cause damage to your baby's head, which is softer at this point in your pregnancy.

Why would you need a ventouse?

The NHS states that 1 in 8 births may need to be assisted if:

  • you have been advised not to try to push out your baby because of an underlying health condition (such as having very high blood pressure)
  • there are concerns about your baby's heart rate
  • your baby is in an awkward position
  • your baby is getting tired and there are concerns that they may be in distress
  • you're having a vaginal delivery of a premature baby – forceps can help protect your baby's head from your perineum


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