Research Summaries for Normal Birth

Author: Romano, Amy M.

Source: The Journal of Perinatal Education, Volume 17, Number 1, 2008 , pp. 48-52(5)

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

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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.
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