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Labouring in water:Findings do not fully support conclusions

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:767
  1. Helen Bradshaw, specialist registrar obstetrics and gynaecology (
  1. Rotherham General Hospital, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

    EDITOR—The study by Cluett et al, comparing labour in water with standard augmentation for dystocia, tackles an important area.1 Too often modern obstetrics concentrates on major medical interventions and neglects the low tech solutions that many women would prefer.2

    Despite the study's robust design the findings do not fully …

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