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Choosing birth position lowers risk of injuries during delivery

Published tisdag 17 maj 2016 kl 10.05
The new approach allows for the mother-to-be to choose her birthing position. Photo: Pi Frisk / TT.
The new approach allows for the mother-to-be to choose her birthing position. Photo: Pi Frisk / TT.

A new approach to choosing birthing positions has shown a reduction in the number of mother-related injuries during delivery, according to a study carried out at two Swedish maternity wards.

The new method allows for a slower and more spontaneous delivery process where the mother can choose the birthing position herself. The results of the study were released at the Nordic Midwives Conference in Gothenburg.

Previous studies have found that women who give birth at home are less likely to suffer from vaginal tearing. The study at Danderyd Hospital and Stockholm BB investigated if those benefits from home births could be transferred to hospital deliveries.

The study included 1,000 first-time mothers where half of them would give birth the traditional way and the other half would use the new approach. The research found that the new method prevents injuries for between 10 and 20 percent of women.

Helena Lindgren, associate professor at Karolinska Institute and the Sahlgrenska Academy, believes these are encouraging results and hopes the new approach becomes more widespread.

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