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Research Summaries for Normal Birth

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In this column, the author summarizes four research studies that further support the benefits of normal birth. The topics of the studies include the optimality of midwifery care for pregnant women at moderate risk; obstetric care practices associated with anal sphincter tears in vaginal births; the effect of acupuncture treatment on women with prelabor rupture of membranes at term; and women's ability to adapt to early labor.

Keywords: acupuncture; anal sphincter tears; childbirth education; early labor; midwifery care; normal birth

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-03-01

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