Water births given a bad press

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6933.920 (Published 02 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:920
  1. R Jenkins,
  2. S Tyler
  1. Royal College of Midwives Trust, London W1M 0BE.

    EDITOR, - The response of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to questions on the safety of water birth and the resulting widespread publicity generated last year, raise issues that should concern all health care professionals.

    Water birth is a new technique that needs to be properly tested for effectiveness, efficiency, and safety. Although some obstetric interventions in the past were introduced without evaluation, the introduction of water birth has been cautious and well documented, and the technique is currently …

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