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Postdates pregnancy and complementary therapies.
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PMID:  19880085     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
This paper explores the contribution of self-help techniques and complementary therapies within the management of postdates pregnancy. The most common reason for induction of labour is postdates pregnancy and not as one would imagine, associated with complex cases that would result in fetal or maternal morbidity without timely intervention. As such this adds to the rising concerns of many health care professionals who question the needless intervention of uncomplicated pregnancies, whilst also detracting from keeping labour and birth normal. Induction of labour is not without its risks and may well contribute to iatrogenic complications when used more widely and in normal, unwarranted cases. As in other procedures or treatments used within conventional medicine for complex/abnormal cases, there is a tendency for them to be incorporated as routine practice. In contrast there also needs to be a change in society's expectations of 'the expected date' and 'being overdue' so that it is not viewed as abnormal. The role of self-help techniques and the safe use of complementary therapies is critically explored within a model of enhancing hormonal activity and reduction of stress hormones during the postdates period, in conjunction with a more conservative approach of care for uncomplicated postdates pregnancy.
Maggie Evans
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in clinical practice     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1873-6947     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101225531     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Clin Pract     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  220-4     Citation Subset:  N    
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