What is hydrotherapy in labour?

The positive physiological effects of hydrotherapy such as buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and associated thermal changes, are relevant to women labouring in water, where labour is defined as including the first, second (birth) and third stages.

What is used to augment labor?

The traditional methods of labour augmentation have been with the use of intravenous oxytocin infusion and artificial rupture of the membranes (amniotomy).

How does water immersion help labour pain?

Water immersion in a bath or a pool during the first stage of labour has been shown to: decrease the need for pain relieving drugs. make the experience more enjoyable for women.

What should I wear to hydrotherapy during labor?

Hydrotherapy is amazing, but no one wants to wear a gown in the bath. If you don’t plan ahead of time then your only other option may be wearing nothing (which is a perfectly wonderful option too). Wearing a gown brings back memories of being a patient.

What is the difference between augmentation and induction?

Induction of labor is defined as the artificial process of initiating labor before spontaneous onset, using mechanical or pharmacological methods. Augmentation of labor, however, is the stimulation of uterine contractions once the woman has spontaneously initiated labor, but the progress is considered inadequate.

Why do you need boiling water to deliver a baby?

Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, reducing the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for an episiotomy and stitches.

Why is it important to understand the drivers of medicalisation of childbirth?

because the lives of women, midwives, and obstetricians (among others) are significantly affected by patterns of medicalisation and de-medicalisation, it is important that we understand the drivers of the medicalising process. The medicalisation of childbirth has had both desirable and undesirable consequences.

How to reduce medicalisation of childbirth in Flanders?

In Flanders, there have been some efforts to reduce medicalisation of childbirth, focussed on specific interventions such as induction and episiotomy. in recent years the obstetric intervention rates in Belgium and the Netherlands are slowly converging.

Is the medicalisation of childbirth complete?

It is interesting and important to note that although the medicalisation of childbirth appears complete in many modern countries, there are small counter-movements in the direction of de-medicalisation and increased use of home birth ( MacDorman and Declercq, 2011 ).

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