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.