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Research Summaries for Normal Birth

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Abstract:

In this column, the author summarizes four research studies relevant to normal birth. The topics of the studies summarized include the effect of obstetrician anxiety on cesarean surgery rates, the risks of routine membrane sweeping, beneficial effects of doula care for middle-class women, and the lack of reliability of continuous electronic fetal monitoring tracings.

Keywords: cesarean section; childbirth education; continuous labor support; doulas; electronic fetal monitoring; induction of labor; normal birth; obstetrician practice patterns; prelabor rupture of membranes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812408X364107

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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