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Women’s health & midwifery
Fundamental role of intermittent fetal monitoring in the management of water births
  1. Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi1,
  2. Fatemeh Ansari2
  1. 1Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Sari, Iran
  2. 2Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, MSc Student in Midwifery Counselling, Student Research Committee, Sari, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Professor Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi, Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Sari, Iran (the Islamic Republic of); z.hamzehgardeshi{at}mazums.ac.ir

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Commentary on: Bovbjerg ML, Cheyney M, Caughey AB. Maternal and neonatal outcomes following waterbirth: a cohort study of 17 530 waterbirths and 17 530 propensity score-matched land births. BJOG 2022;129:950–8. doi: 10.1111/1471–0528.17009.

Implications for practice and research

  • As delivery agents, midwives are required to provide delivery services based on the best evidence available, but they must also pay attention to the request and need of women for coping with labour pains and water birth is one of the methods supported for reducing labour pains. However, midwives should pay attention to the organisational guidelines.

  • Incorporating more evidence from midwifery studies into hospital treatment protocols can provide water birth specialists with more resources in order to facilitate this type of delivery more safely in the hospital. Therefore, the design of high-quality research about water birth outcomes is recommended.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.