Comfort Measures, Research

Another water birth study

Here is another water birth study to add to your pile of evidence of safety. 1  Some interesting things about his article include the use of and Aqua APGAR, and inclusion of both fetal heart rate and 1 minute APGAR as neonatal evaluation.

I will need to read the paper more closely to comment on the relationship between immersion and duration of labor; in a prior study I found that women who had longer labors were more likely to be removed from the water for medical reasons and so would never be counted in the water birth group.2

Also, if you haven’t already downloaded my water birth meta-analysis go do that now; the publisher is providing it free for a limited time.3  Not only will it give you evidence for outcomes, but it explains some of the common problems with water birth research and whether or not they negate the findings.

Camargo JCS, Varela V, Ferreira FM, et al. The Waterbirth Project: São Bernardo Hospital experience. W. January 2018. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2017.12.008
Vanderlaan J. Retrospective Cohort Study of Hydrotherapy in Labor. J. 2017;46(3):403-410. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2016.11.018
Vanderlaan J, Hall PJ, Lewitt M. Neonatal outcomes with water birth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. M. 2018;59:27-38. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.12.023
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