The Use of Intravenous Fluids During Labor

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  • Ann Blystad Keppler R.N., M.N.

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    1. Ann Blystad Keppler is Education Director for the Childbirth Education Association and Director of the Breast-Feeding Center of Seattle
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Abstract

This paper examines the use of intravenous fluids in labor management. Commonly used solutions are discussed, together with what is known about their effects on mother and infant. While the administration of intravenous fluids to laboring women may be appropriate and important in some instances, as a routine practice it often results in undesirable outcomes for both mother and infant. (BIRTH 15:2, June 1988)

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