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Research Summaries for Normal Birth

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In this column, the author summarizes four research studies relevant to normal birth. The studies summarized include a systematic review of trials evaluating the benefits versus harms of routine artificial rupture of the membranes; a study of the effect of continuous female labor support by a minimally trained family member or friend on attachment and early parenting; a systematic review examining the relationship between cesarean surgery and postpartum urinary incontinence; and a randomized controlled trial of warm perineal compresses during the second stage of labor.

Keywords: amniotomy; anal sphincter tear; breastfeeding; cesarean section; childbirth education; doulas; infant care; labor augmentation; normal birth; perineum; second-stage labor; urinary incontinence

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2008

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