Table 5

Midwives and obstetricians views on the need for more evidence to guide care during the third stage of labour

Midwives

n = 1297 (%)

Obstetricians

n = 926 (%)


More evidence needed from randomised trials

1151

(89)

747

(81)

no response

4

(<1)

19

(2)

If more evidence needed, what do you think are the important questions?

when is best to clamp the cord

1032

655

is placental drainage beneficial

913

505

optimum timing for the prophylactic uterotonic drug

885

504

is controlled cord traction beneficial

766

361

other

98

32


Midwives: management of retained placenta n = 8; water births n = 3; management of third stage n = 64; which uterotonic is best n = 22; cord milking n = 1

Obstetricians: which uterotonic n = 14; management of retained placenta n = 10; management of third stage n = 6; cord milking n = 2

Farrar et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:23   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-10-23

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