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By Manoel Vicente Barros Junior Brazilian Medical Student
Vincenzo Berghella, Jason K Baxter, Suneet P Chauhan
Our objective was to provide evidence-based guidance for management decisions during labor and delivery. We performed MEDLINE, PubMed, and COCHRANE searches with the terms labor, delivery, pregnancy, randomized trials, plus each management aspect of labor and delivery (eg, early admission). Each management step of labor and delivery was reviewed separately. Evidence-based good quality data favor hospital births, delayed admission, support by doula, training birth assistants in developing countries, and upright position in the second stage...
November 2008: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Katherine Hartmann, Meera Viswanathan, Rachel Palmieri, Gerald Gartlehner, John Thorp, Kathleen N Lohr
CONTEXT: Episiotomy at the time of vaginal birth is common. Practice patterns vary widely, as do professional opinions about maternal risks and benefits associated with routine use. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the best evidence available about maternal outcomes of routine vs restrictive use of episiotomy. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We searched MEDLINE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and Cochrane Collaboration resources and performed a hand search for English-language articles from 1950 to 2004...
May 4, 2005: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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