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Maternal positions in labor: analysis in relation to comfort and efficiency.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7326378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The influence of maternal position during labor on comfort and uterine efficiency was studied by contrasting the influence of sitting in a chair with lying on the side during the first stage of labor. Nineteen primigravidas alternated between these two positions at 30 minute intervals for as long as this was possible during their labors. There was a significant difference in their preference to sit up during early labor (less than 6 cm dilation) and lie on their side during late labor (greater than 6 cm dilation). Uterine efficiency, however, was significantly less (p less than 0.05) in early labor in the sitting position than on the side. After labor was well established, ie after 6 cm dilation, the efficiency of uterine contractions to dilate the cervix was not significantly different between the 2 positions although it was less in the sitting position. The lateral recumbent position was accompanied by more efficient labor and was preferred by most women in late labor. Localization of pain and fetal position also seem to be associated with maternal position preference, and both factors require further investigation.
J Roberts; L Malasanos; C Mendez-Bauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Birth defects original article series     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0547-6844     ISO Abbreviation:  Birth Defects Orig. Artic. Ser.     Publication Date:  1981  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-04-22     Completed Date:  1982-04-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0003403     Medline TA:  Birth Defects Orig Artic Ser     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-128     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Labor Presentation
Labor Stage, First
Labor, Obstetric*
Uterine Contraction
Uterus / physiology

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