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Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: safety and efficacy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10754818     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of raspberry leaf products consumed by a group of mothers during their pregnancy, by comparison with a group of mothers who did not. A retrospective observational design was used. Subjects were women who birth their babies at Westmead Hospital between January 1998-July 1998. The sample consisted of 108 mothers; 57 (52.8%) consumed raspberry leaf products while 51 (47.2%) were in the control group. The findings suggest that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.
M Parsons; M Simpson; T Ponton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian College of Midwives Incorporated journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1031-170X     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Coll Midwives Inc J     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-05-11     Completed Date:  2000-05-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8903009     Medline TA:  Aust Coll Midwives Inc J     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20-5     Citation Subset:  N    
Westmead Hospital.
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MeSH Terms
Fruit / therapeutic use*
Labor, Obstetric / drug effects*
Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
Plant Leaves
Pregnancy Outcome
Retrospective Studies
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Extracts

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