Evidence against 10 common routine obstetric procedures


Very interesting information, complete with citations from the primary literature. This makes my scientific side giddy with excitement at all the data!

The most surprising information for me was that there is no evidence to support the practice of routinely breaking the water during normal labor, or even during prolonged labor! It does not speed up labor, as claimed, and it is associated with increased rates of cesarean section. Wow!

Joyce Dykema