Pamela L. Adelson

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We describe the reproductive health and practices of Hmong immigrants before and after migration to the United States. Data were gathered as part of an ongoing study on the impact of perinatal exposure to environmental chemicals on children’s health in Hmong residents of Green Bay, Wisconsin between August 1999 and May 2002. Of the 742 pregnancies reported(More)
BACKGROUND In many countries a high proportion of births begin as induced labours. Induction can be lengthy if cervical priming is required prior to induction. This usually occurs as an inpatient, however, an alternative is to allow women to go home after satisfactory fetal monitoring. The aim of this study was to assess the preferences of women for(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the personal preferences of pregnant women, midwives and obstetricians regarding a range of physical, psychosocial and pharmacological methods of pain relief for childbirth. METHOD Self-completed questionnaires were posted to a consecutive sample of 400 pregnant women booked-in to a large tertiary referral centre for maternity care in(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the costs of inpatient (usual care) with outpatient (intervention) care for cervical priming for induction of labour in women with healthy, low-risk pregnancies who are being induced for prolonged pregnancies or for social reasons. METHODS Data from a randomised controlled trial at two hospitals in South Australia were matched with(More)
BACKGROUND Induction of labour often begins with the application of a priming agent to soften the cervix, generally requiring women to stay in hospital overnight (inpatient priming). An alternative is outpatient priming by a midwife, where women are allowed to go home following priming. This approach has the potential to impact, either positively or(More)
BACKGROUND Induction of labor, an increasingly common intervention, is often preceded by the application of an agent to "prime" or "ripen" the cervix. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare clinical, economic, and psychosocial outcomes of inpatient and outpatient cervical priming before induction of labor. In this paper we present the(More)
A qualitative study was conducted in Australia to explore women's preferences for inpatient or outpatient settings for cervical priming for induction of labour. The concept of therapeutic landscapes was used to explore the different aspects of the home and hospital that make them therapeutic to women. The therapeutic value of the home and hospital(More)
BACKGROUND One in four Australian births are induced. If cervical ripening using a prostaglandin is required, a pre-labour overnight hospitalisation and separation from family and support companions is necessary. Recent evidence shows that balloon catheter cervical ripening is just as effective as prostaglandins, but does not cause uterine stimulation. For(More)
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