Labor, Induced

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Induction of labour using pharmacological and mechanical methods can increase complications. Complementary and alternative medicine methods including hypnosis may have the potential to provide a safe alternative option for the induction of labour. However, the effectiveness of hypnosis for inducing labour has not yet been fully evaluated. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of hypnosis for induction of labour compared with no intervention or any other interventions.

Author(s): 
Nishi, Daisuke
Shirakawa, Miyako N.
Ota, Erika
Hanada, Nobutsugu
Mori, Rintaro
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: This is one of series of reviews of cervical ripening and labour induction using standardised methodology. Homoeopathy involves the use, in dilution, of substances which cause symptoms in their undiluted form. A type of herb, 'caulophyllum' is one type of homoeopathic therapy that has been used to induce labour. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of homoeopathy for third trimester cervical ripening or induction of labour.

Author(s): 
Smith, C. A.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: This is one of series of reviews of cervical ripening and labour induction using standardised methodology. Homoeopathy involves the use, in dilution, of substances which cause symptoms in their undiluted form. A type of herb, 'caulophyllum' is one type of homoeopathic therapy that has been used to induce labour. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of homoeopathy for third trimester cervical ripening or induction of labour. SEARCH STRATEGY: The Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Trials Register (13 May 2003), and bibliographies of relevant papers.

Author(s): 
Smith, C. A.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Prelabour rupture of membranes at term is managed expectantly or by elective birth, but it is not clear if waiting for birth to occur spontaneously is better than intervening. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of planned early birth versus expectant management for women with term prelabour rupture of membranes on fetal, infant and maternal wellbeing.

Author(s): 
Dare, M. R.
Middleton, P.
Crowther, C. A.
Flenady, V. J.
Varatharaju, B.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: This is one of a series of reviews of methods of cervical ripening and labour induction using standardised methodology. The use of complementary therapies is rising and some women look to complementary therapies during pregnancy and childbirth to be used alongside conventional medical practice. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body. The limited observational studies to date suggest acupuncture for induction of labour appears safe, has no known teratogenic effects, and may be effective.

Author(s): 
Smith, C. A.
Crowther, C. A.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: This is one of a series of reviews of methods of cervical ripening and labour induction using standardised methodology. The use of complementary therapies is increasing and some women look to complementary therapies during pregnancy and childbirth to be used alongside conventional medical practice. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body. The limited observational studies to date suggest acupuncture for induction of labour appears safe, has no known teratogenic effects, and may be effective.

Author(s): 
Smith, C. A.
Crowther, C. A.
Publication Title: 
Birth (Berkeley, Calif.)

BACKGROUND: Complementary medicine has become popular throughout many Western countries and is widely used by women across all stages of their life cycle. Acupuncture is used by women during their pregnancy, and research suggests that acupuncture may be used as an adjunct to their existing conventional care. The aim of this paper was to summarize the evidence examining the effectiveness of acupuncture during pregnancy and birthing, and to discuss its role as an adjunct treatment. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search using several electronic databases.

Author(s): 
Smith, Caroline A.
Cochrane, Suzanne
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to review the existing scientific evidence on the potential role of acupuncture on induction of labor during pregnancy. DESIGN: The Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine), and NCCAM (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) databases were searched to identify relevant monographs from 1970 to 2008.

Author(s): 
Lim, Chi Eung Danforn
Wilkinson, Jenny M.
Wong, Wu Shun Felix
Cheng, Nga Chong Lisa
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: This is one of a series of reviews of methods of cervical ripening and labour induction using standardised methodology. The use of complementary therapies is increasing and some women look to complementary therapies during pregnancy and childbirth to be used alongside conventional medical practice. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body. The limited observational studies to date suggest acupuncture for induction of labour appears safe, has no known teratogenic effects, and may be effective.

Author(s): 
Smith, C. A.
Crowther, C. A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to review the existing scientific evidence on the potential role of acupuncture on induction of labor during pregnancy. DESIGN: The Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine), and NCCAM (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) databases were searched to identify relevant monographs from 1970 to 2008.

Author(s): 
Lim, Chi Eung Danforn
Wilkinson, Jenny M.
Wong, Wu Shun Felix
Cheng, Nga Chong Lisa

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