A randomised clinical trial comparing the effects of delayed versus immediate pushing with epidural analgesia on mode of delivery and faecal continence.

@article{Fitzpatrick2002ARC,
  title={A randomised clinical trial comparing the effects of delayed versus immediate pushing with epidural analgesia on mode of delivery and faecal continence.},
  author={Myra Fitzpatrick and Rosemary Harkin and Kathryn Mcquillan and Conor O'brien and P. R. O'Connell and Colm O'Herlihy},
  journal={BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology},
  year={2002},
  volume={109 12},
  pages={
          1359-65
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of delayed vs immediate pushing in second stage of labour with epidural analgesia on delivery outcome, postpartum faecal continence and postpartum anal sphincter and pudendal nerve function. DESIGN Prospective, randomised, controlled trial.Tertiary referral maternity teaching hospital. POPULATION One hundred and seventy nulliparous women randomised at full dilatation to immediate or delayed pushing. METHODS A total of 178 nulliparous women, all with… CONTINUE READING

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