Warm Tub Bath During Labor

Effects on plasma catecholamine and P-endorphin-like immunoreactivity concentrations in the infants at birth

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  • Y. Gradert,

    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • J. Hertel,

    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • C. Lenstrup,

    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • F. W. Bach,

    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • N. J. Christensen,

    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • H. Rosenö,

    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • C. Lenstrup M.D.

    Corresponding author
    1. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Clinical Chemistry Gentofte Hospital, and the Department of Endocrinology. Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
      Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology G KAS Gentofte, DK-2900, Hellerup, Denmark
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology G KAS Gentofte, DK-2900, Hellerup, Denmark

Abstract

In this study 13 women bathed in a warm tub bath during the first stage labor after a strictly normal pregnancy. The control group consisted of 9 women who did not want warm tub bath. Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes were recorded and plasma adrenalin, noradrenalin were measured in umbilical arterial blood at birth, together with pH, pCO2, and base excess and beta-endorphin-like immunoreactivity in umbilical venous blood. No differences were found between the groups. No beneficial effect was found on infant condition of a warm tub bath during labor.

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