Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Don't Routinely Use Enemas During Labor, Researchers Urge

Date:
October 18, 2007
Source:
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Summary:
Giving women enemas during labor does not shorten labor or decrease the risk of infection to mother or baby. Consequently there is no evidence for any routine use of enemas in labor, a Cochrane Review has found.

Giving women enemas during labour does not shorten labour or decrease the risk of infection to mother or baby. Consequently there is no evidence for any routine use of enemas in labour, a Cochrane Review has found.

Enemas are frequently given to women early in labour so that they empty their back passage. The idea is that this will give more room for the baby as it passes through the pelvis. It is also hoped that it will reduce the chance of the woman leaking faecal material while she is giving birth, a situation that is both embarrassing to the woman and a potential source of infection to mother and child.

A team of Cochrane Researchers coordinated from Bogota, Colombia, searched for studies involving the use of enemas and found three relevant randomised controlled trials that included 1765 women. Analysing all the data showed no differences in the rates of any form of infection in the women or their babies for at least one month after the birth. There was a slight trend towards labours being shorter in women given enemas.

"This evidence does not support the routine use of enemas during labour, and consequently the practice of routinely giving them should be discouraged," says lead researcher Dr Ludovic Reveiz, who works at the Research Institute of the Fundaciσn Universitaria Sanitas in Bogota.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. "Don't Routinely Use Enemas During Labor, Researchers Urge." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 October 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071016195959.htm>.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. (2007, October 18). Don't Routinely Use Enemas During Labor, Researchers Urge. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071016195959.htm
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. "Don't Routinely Use Enemas During Labor, Researchers Urge." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071016195959.htm (accessed September 17, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

President To Send 3,000 Military Personnel To Fight Ebola

President To Send 3,000 Military Personnel To Fight Ebola

Newsy (Sep. 16, 2014) — President Obama is expected to send 3,000 troops to West Africa as part of the effort to contain Ebola's spread. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Obama Orders Military Response to Ebola

Obama Orders Military Response to Ebola

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) — Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region amid worries that the outbreak is spiraling out of control. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
UN: 20,000 Could Be Infected With Ebola by Year End

UN: 20,000 Could Be Infected With Ebola by Year End

AFP (Sep. 16, 2014) — Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations say, warning that 20,000 could be infected by year end. Duration: 00:40 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Obama: Ebola Outbreak Threat to Global Security

Obama: Ebola Outbreak Threat to Global Security

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) — President Obama is ordering U.S. military personnel to West Africa to deal with the Ebola outbreak, which is he calls a potential threat to global security. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

    Technology News



    Save/Print:
    Share:  

    Free Subscriptions


    Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

    Get Social & Mobile


    Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

    Have Feedback?


    Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
    Mobile iPhone Android Web
    Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
    Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
    Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins