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Routine vaginal examinations for assessing progress of labour to improve outcomes for women and babies at term

  1. Soo Downe1,*,
  2. Gillian ML Gyte2,
  3. Hannah G Dahlen3,
  4. Mandisa Singata4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Published Online: 15 JUL 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 4 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010088.pub2


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Downe S, Gyte GML, Dahlen HG, Singata M. Routine vaginal examinations for assessing progress of labour to improve outcomes for women and babies at term. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD010088. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010088.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Central Lancashire, Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) unit, Preston, UK

  2. 2

    The University of Liverpool, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Liverpool, UK

  3. 3

    University of Western Sydney, Family and Community Health Research Group, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Penrith Routh DC, NSW, Australia

  4. 4

    University of the Witwatersrand/University of Fort Hare/East London Hospital complex, Effective Care Research Unit, East London, South Africa

*Soo Downe, Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) unit, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, UK. sdowne@uclan.ac.uk.

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  2. Published Online: 15 JUL 2013

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