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Hospital practices 

Hospital practices
Chapter:
Hospital practices
Author(s):

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192631732.003.0029
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date: 23 August 2019

Chapter 29 discusses hospital practices with labor and childbirth, including first impressions, clinical assessment, preparation procedures (including enemas and the outmoded practice of pubic shaving), nutrition, risks of aspiration, measures to reduce volume and acidity of stomach contents, restriction of oral intake, routine intravenous infusions, pharmacological approaches, maternal position during the first stage of labor and its effects on blood flow, uterine contractility, the mother, and the baby.

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