THE INFLUENCE OF MATERNAL POSTURE AT BIRTH ON THE FETUS

Authors

  • Michael Humphrey,

    Clinical Tutor
    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash Medical School, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Dianne Hounslow,

    Technical Officer
    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash Medical School, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Susan Morgan,

    Bachelor of Medical Science Student
    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash Medical School, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Carl Wood

    Chairman
    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash Medical School, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Search for more papers by this author

Summary

A random controlled trial examined the hypothesis that the supine position may be harmful to the fetus during labour and delivery. Similar groups of women were delivered in the dorsal and 15° left tilt positions. Significant fetal asphyxia occurred in two of the twenty patients delivered in the dorsal position.

Ancillary