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You’ll Feel Me Touching You, Sweetie: Vaginal Examinations During the Second Stage of Labor

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Bergstrom, Linda; Roberts, Joyce; Skillman, Leslie; Seidel, John

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Etude descriptive : examen de vidéos montrant des femmes et les professionnels de soins lors de la deuxième phase du travail, pour décrire la manière dont les professionnels pratiquent les examens vaginaux stériles. L’analyse des données est faite par analyse des conversations. Les résultats montrent que les examens vaginaux sont faits de façon rituelle par tous les professionnels, et la répétition du rituel révèle le pouvoir des professionnels sur les femmes.

La raison la plus fréquemment donnée pour l’examen, d’aider la femme à mieux pousser, semble spécifique à la seconde phase du travail et n’est pas décrite dans la littérature. Les auteurs proposent une meilleure utilisation de cet examen, et recommandent de le réaliser de façon moins fréquente qu’il n’est d’usage.

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Videotapes of women during the second stage of labor and their caregivers were examined in this descriptive study to determine how caregivers performed sterile vaginal examinations. Conversational analysis techniques were used to analyze the data. Results showed that the examinations were performed in a ritualistic manner by all caregivers, and the way the ritual was enacted repeatedly demonstrated the power of the caregivers over the women.

The most common reason for performing the procedure, to help the woman push better, seems to be specific to the second stage of labor and is not described in the literature. The authors offer suggestions for better use of the examination, and recommend that it be performed far less frequently than is common.

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1992, USA, article paru dans la revue “Birth“. Examen de vidéos d’accouchement qui montrent que l’examen vaginal pendant la seconde phase du travail (poussée) est utilisé de façon rituelle, comme moyen de prise de pouvoir sur les femmes, sans bénéfice médical reconnu.

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➡ obstetric and gynecologic violence obstetric violence, obstetrical violence ; iatrogeny ; guidelines ; public health ; traumatism ; vaginal examination ; deontology ; informed consent

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