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A narrative review of maternal physical activity during labour and its effects upon length of first stage.
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PMID:  23337564     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Women in western countries generally lie semi-recumbent during first stage of labour, when perhaps it is more natural to move around. Consequently carers are unaware of what constitutes instinctive behaviours and their outcomes. With this in mind, a structured narrative review of the literature identified what prior research has shown about the impact of maternal movement upon length of first stage; results are ambiguous, with 11 studies reporting no alteration to length and 7 reporting shortening. These studies fail to adequately detail time spent mobilising and what in fact constituted walking, squatting, upright, lying lateral, supine or semi-recumbent, and their direct effects upon progress of first stage. Advancements in knowledge are required to progress understanding about maternal activity during labour and its outcomes.
Caroline J Hollins Martin; Colin R Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-10-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in clinical practice     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1873-6947     ISO Abbreviation:  Complement Ther Clin Pract     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-22     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:  44-9     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Mary Seacole (Room 2.78), School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, College of Health and Social Care, University of Salford, Frederick Road, Salford, Greater Manchester M6 6PU, UK. Electronic address:
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