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Hydrotherapy use during labor: an integrative review.
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PMID:  12870088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Hydrotherapy is an effective, alternative intervention that can be used by care providers to provide a nonpharmacological method to assist low risk, laboring women cope with labor. This article provides a synthesis of the state of the science on the effects of hydrotherapy with labor and delivery. The indications, physiologic mechanism, benefits, practice implications, and needed research are discussed. The data-based articles support numerous benefits such as increased relaxation, increased satisfaction, lower blood pressure, and increased diuresis with women who bathe during labor. These studies found that there was no difference in maternal and neonatal morbidity such as infections between bathers and nonbathers. Additionally, there was no difference in maternal and neonatal infection rates between women with intact or ruptured membranes. The use of hydrotherapy during established labor increases cervical dilation while bathing although there is no difference in the total length of labor between bathers and nonbathers. Researchers conclude that hydrotherapy is a safe, nonpharmacological alternative for women to use during labor and delivery.
M Stringer; L Hanes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  1999-01-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  The online journal of knowledge synthesis for nursing     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1072-7639     ISO Abbreviation:  Online J Knowl Synth Nurs     Publication Date:  1999 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-18     Completed Date:  2003-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9432589     Medline TA:  Online J Knowl Synth Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Pennsylvania Health System and School of Nursing, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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