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OBJECTIVE To describe Canadian nulliparous women's attitudes to birth technology and their roles in childbirth. METHODS A large convenience sample of low-risk women expecting their first birth was recruited by posters in laboratories, at the offices of obstetricians, family physicians, and midwives, at prenatal classes, and through web-based advertising(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare alcohol cleaning and natural drying of newborn umbilical cords. DESIGN Prospective, randomized controlled trial. SETTING Tertiary-level university teaching hospital and level II community hospital. PARTICIPANTS Of 1,876 singleton full-term newborns enrolled, 1,811 completed the study. INTERVENTIONS Newborns, from birth until(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the accuracy of using a bladder scanner to measure post-voiding residual urine volume with measurement by intermittent catheterization in a postoperative urogynaecology population. METHODS Prior to implementation of the study, nurses were trained in the use of a bladder ultrasound scanner. Post-void residual urine volume in(More)
OBJECTIVE Adverse events occur in up to 10% of obstetric cases, and up to one half of these could be prevented. Case reviews and root cause analysis using a structured tool may help health care providers to learn from adverse events and to identify trends and recurring systems issues. We sought to establish the reliability of a root cause analysis computer(More)
OBJECTIVE As part of a larger study, an interprofessional team piloted a computer tool called Standardized Clinical Outcome Review (SCOR) to review adverse obstetric events that occurred at a tertiary care hospital over a 12-month period. We sought to understand whether the SCOR tool offered a feasible, acceptable, and appropriate strategy for improving(More)
OBJECTIVE Collaborative, interdisciplinary care models have the potential to improve maternity care. Differing attitudes of maternity care providers may impede this process. We sought to examine the attitudes of Canadian maternity care practitioners towards labour and birth. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional web- and paper-based survey of 549(More)
A survey of the emergence of fetal semiology in the 17 editions of the Williams' Textbook of Obstetrics used by North-American medical students since 1900 was carried out. Three periods were identified: 1906-1950: the fetus, seen as a part of its mother, is ignored until birth and is of no interest to the obstetricians. From the fifties', the decrease in(More)