Barbara L. McFarlin is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She received her BSN in 1974 and MS in 1984 from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
A NATIONAL SURVEY OF HERBAL PREPARATION USE BY NURSE-MIDWIVES FOR LABOR STIMULATION
Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Practice
Version of Record online: 30 DEC 2010
1999 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 44, Issue 3, pages 205–216, May-June 1999
How to Cite
McFarlin, B. L., Gibson, M. H., O'Rear, J. and Harman, P. (1999), A NATIONAL SURVEY OF HERBAL PREPARATION USE BY NURSE-MIDWIVES FOR LABOR STIMULATION. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 44: 205–216. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(99)00037-3
- Issue online: 30 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 30 DEC 2010
To document the use of herbal preparations for cervical ripening, induction, and augmentation of labor by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and nurse-midwifery education programs, a national survey of 500 members of the American College of Nurse-Midwives was conducted. Forty eight nurse-midwifery education programs were also surveyed to determine whether they were formally or informally educating students in the use of herbal preparations for cervical ripening, induction, or augmentation of labor. The results of this study, a review of the literature, professional issues, and recommendations for clinical practice are presented in this article. Of 500 questionnaires mailed to ACNM members, 90 were returned from CNMs who used herbal preparations to stimulate labor and 82 were returned from CNMs who did not use herbal preparations to stimulate labor. Three questionnaires were excluded due to incomplete data or blank questionnaires.