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NIHR Highlight Management of Labour

Published on 14 March 2019

This Highlight presents recent research evidence on some aspects of the management of labour, including; the induction of labour, water birth, interpretation of the fetal heart rate, pain management and position during the second stage of labour with or without an epidural. It provides information and context to the essential decisions for a mother-to-be and her midwife and care-givers. The evidence from these studies will be useful for all women – there is no particular focus on high-risk pregnancies. All the evidence we have included should be considered within the context of a woman’s medical and pregnancy history.

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