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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2005 Sep;90(3):251-7.

Intrapartum oxytocin use for labor acceleration in rural India.

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Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe Street, E4153, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. msharan@jhsph.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine factors associated with the use of oxytocin for acceleration of labor in women delivered at home in rural India.

METHOD:

Quantitative data were collected from 527 women who were delivered at home and qualitative interviews were carried out with 21 mothers and 9 birth attendants.

RESULTS:

Oxytocin use was associated with higher education and socioeconomic status, primigravidity, and delivery by a traditional birth attendant.

CONCLUSION:

Labor acceleration with oxytocin occurs indiscriminately In India. Oxytocin use should be regulated, and training for birth attendants should be provided as well as health education for pregnant women.

PMID:
16023648
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2005.05.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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