Research results on use of water for women in slow labour.
The researchers point out that slow progress in the first stage of labour occurs in 20% of nulliparous women and is given as a reason for 20% of Caesarean sections and 40% of instrumental deliveries. For women at low risk of complications, it often marks the transition from midwifery to obstetric management.
Labouring in water under midwifery care therefore offers an option to assist women whose progress in labour is slow, reducing the need for obstetric intervention, and providing an alternative pain management strategy.
Cluett E et al (2004) Randomised controlled trial of labouring in water compared with standard of augmentation for management of dystocia in first stage of labour. BMJ; 328: 314 (7 February).
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