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Policy of “hands poised” care by attendant in normal birth is not recommended

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:322
  1. Jo Garcia, Social scientist (
  1. National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR—In their article on care in normal labour Steer and Flint described a trial of management of delivery of the baby's head (the HOOP (“hands on or poised”) study).1 The results of that study were published last year.2

    The trial compared a policy of hands on care with one of hands poised care In hands on care the attendant …

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