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Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

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BARCELONA -- When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now controversial technique for troubled deliveries. Masson said her pleas to stop were ignored at the Barcelona hospital where she delivered two years ago, and she later complained to authorities. The hospital said doctors took “appropriate measures” during her delivery. “I thought I was going to die,” she said. “For one month after, my belly was blue and purple.” The technique is known as the Kristeller maneuver and was first described in an 1867 German textbook. It is sometimes used during the second

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

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A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean sections and surgical cuts to the vagina, or episiotomies, without their consent — and often without a painkiller. "Mistreatment during childbirth can amount to a violation of human rights, and could be a powerful disincentive from seeking facility-based maternity care," the study said in a discussion of similar research. The new study led by the World Health Organization followed more than 2,000 women
Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth

Women in labour given virtual reality to ease pain of childbirth

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Women in labour are being given virtual reality headsets to see if they can help manage the pain of childbirth.University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is carrying out a trial and it could be rolled out across Wales, if successful.Midwife Suzanne Hardacre, said the technology offered an alternative for pain management.Mother-to-be Hannah Lelii, who tested the kit ahead of the birth of her first baby this month, likened it "to a simulator"."It's genuinely 360 degrees, so when I turn, I've got the view that would be behind me or to the side of me," she said. "It helps to get me in a state of relaxation."The health board will arrange a feedback session in future to gauge the response of the first raft o...