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Lancet. 1983 Jun 11;1(8337):1296-8.

A randomised trial to evaluate the use of a birth chair for delivery.


A randomised study of 189 deliveries was conducted to compare performance in the conventional dorsal position with that in a birth chair. There was no significant difference in the length of the second stage of labour, the time spent bearing down, or the need for operative delivery. Overall blood-loss was greater among patients delivered in the chair but more of this group had either an intact perineum or only superficial damage. The condition of the neonates in the two delivery groups was similar.

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