Can augmentation with oxytocin be ‘too much, too soon’?

Norton, Justine and Hudson, Traci (2020) Can augmentation with oxytocin be ‘too much, too soon’? British Journal of Midwifery, 28 (12). pp. 814-820.

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Can augmentation with oxytocin be ‘too much, too soon’? Justine Norton Registered Midwife, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby Traci Hudson Assistant Professor, Division of Midwifery, University of Nottingham

The Sustainable Development Goals have specific aims to reduce maternal mortality and achieve gender equality. While a significant amount of literature focuses on lower-income countries, which have higher mortality and morbidity rates than the UK, the UK must not be complacent. Maternal mortality and morbidity can still be improved nationally by critically evaluating whether the almost ubiquitous use of interventions in obstetric units is a contributory factor. Labour augmentation with oxytocin is not without risk and this raises the question of why maternity care is not incorporated into the gender equality goals in the UK. At its most basic level, it could lead to a lack of informed consent but is influenced by the risk discourse, changing epidemiology of women and sociocultural norms.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 0969-4900
Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Midwifery
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 09:58
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 20:16


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