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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-9

Prevalence of childbirth practices in various hospitals of Delhi

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Charu Chanana
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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Context: Childbirth practices. Aims: To evaluate the prevalence of various birth practices amongst obstetricians of Delhi. Materials and Methods: Obstetricians from various hospitals of Delhi were questioned about various birth practices that they followed and the results were analyzed. Results: There was infrequent use of beneficial practices that should be encouraged and an unexpectedly high level of harmful practices that should be eliminated. Some beneficial practices were applied inappropriately, and practices of unproved benefit were also documented, some of which are of potential harm to the mother and baby. Conclusion: Birth practices were not in accordance with the WHO guidelines. This points toward a lack of awareness of evidence-based medicine.

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