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Birth. 1999 Jun;26(2):123-6.

Breast stimulation to augment labor: history, mystery, and culture.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27514, USA.


This paper describes the development of a researchable project, arising from the clinical observation of a physiologic phenomenon during labor. Augmentation of labor by breast stimulation has been used in a variety of cultures for centuries. The process of developing a clinical study of augmentation in the modern obstetric environment is discussed, with reference to cultural attitudes of patients and health care workers.

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