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Low-risk obstetric care for low-risk mothers.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
8176
Pages
1017–1019
Identifiers
PMID: 6103336
Source
Medline

Abstract

The perinatal and maternal complication rates of 500 births in an alternate birth centre (ABC) were compared with a similar number of apparently low-risk pregnancies cared for in standard labour and delivery rooms. For babies the complication rates were higher for those born in the delivery room, but for mothers the rates were higher for those in the ABC. Because of the apparently low incidence of complications among babies delivered in the ABC it may be safe and perhaps preferable not to use electronic fetal monitoring in truly low-risk gravidae. A safe ABC programme, however, requires rigid adherence to protocols by both the mother and centre staff.

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