Term: Obstetrical Trauma: Vaginal Delivery, with Instrumentation

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-07-20


Obstetric trauma during instrument-assisted vaginal delivery is an injury to the mother while giving birth by vaginal delivery with the aid of birthing instruments such as forceps or vacuums. Obstetric trauma includes fourth degree perineal lacerations; laceration of the cervix, vaginal wall or sulcus; injury to bladder or urethra; and repair of obstetric lacerations of the uterus, cervix, corpus uteri, bladder, urethra, rectum and sphincter ani. C-section deliveries are not included.

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