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Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Jan;95(1):19-23.

Complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: a survey of North Carolina certified nurse-midwives.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. allaire@med.unc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence and types of complementary and alternative medicine therapies used by certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina.

METHODS:

Surveys were sent to all 120 licensed certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina requesting information concerning their recommendations for use of complementary and alternative medicine for their pregnant or postpartum patients.

RESULTS:

Eighty-two responses were received (68.3%). Seventy-seven (93.9%) reported recommending complementary and alternative medicine to their pregnant patients in the past year. Forty-seven (57.3%) reported recommending complementary and alternative medicine to more than 10% of patients. The percentage of nurse-midwives who recommended each type of complementary and alternative medicine was as follows: herbal therapy (73.2%), massage therapy (67.1%), chiropractic (57.3%), acupressure (52.4%), mind-body interventions (48.8%), aromatherapy (32.9%), homeopathy (30.5%), spiritual healing (23.2%), acupuncture (19.5%), and bioelectric or magnetic applications (14.6%). The 60 respondents who reported prescribing herbal therapies gave them for the following indications: nausea and vomiting, labor stimulation, perineal discomfort, lactation disorders, postpartum depression, preterm labor, postpartum hemorrhage, labor analgesia, and malpresentation.

CONCLUSION:

Complementary and alternative medicine, especially herbal therapy, is commonly prescribed to pregnant women by nurse-midwives in North Carolina.

PMID:
10636495
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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