5.3  Conducting delivery of the baby

Your skill and judgment are crucial factors in minimising trauma for the mother and ensuring a safe delivery for the baby. These qualities are acquired through experience but certain basic principles must be applied whatever the expertise you have. These are:

  • Observation of progress of the labour
  • Prevention of infection
  • Emotional and physical comfort of the mother
  • Anticipation of normal events
  • Recognition of abnormal labour or fetal distress.

5.2.3  Watch for warning signs

5.3.1  Prevent tears in the vaginal opening