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Bibliographical entry (without author) :

Maternal posture in labour. Review. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2000 Oct;92(2):273-7.

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Gupta JK, Nikodem C.

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The position adopted naturally by women during birth has been described as early as 1882 by Engelmann. He observed that primitive woman, not influenced by Western conventions would try to avoid the dorsal position and was allowed to change position as and when she wished. Different upright positions could be achieved using posts, slung hammock, furniture, holding on to a rope, knotted piece of cloth, or the woman could kneel, crouch, or squat using bricks, stones, a pile of sand, or a birth stool. Today the majority of women in Western societies deliver in a dorsal, semi-recumbent or lithotomy position. It is claimed that the dorsal position enables the midwife/obstetrician to monitor the fetus better and thus to ensure a safe birth.This paper examines the historical background of the different positions used and its evolution throughout the decades. We have reviewed the available evidence about the effectiveness, benefits and possible disadvantages for the use of different positions during the first and second stage of labour.

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A rapprocher de la fiche 1206 Gupta JK, Nikodem VC. Woman’s position during second stage of labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2000;(2):CD002006.

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Article présentant le contexte historique, des considérations cliniques et l’état de la recherche sur les positions maternelles pendant le travail. Par les auteurs de la revue de la littérature Cochrane 2000 (fiche AFAR 1206)

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➡ ethics ; history, sociology ; physiology ; position during labor ; deontology ; informed consent ; pain

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Cécile Loup — 01 Apr 2005
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