Baths during labor, infection

Neither chorioamnionitis (inflammation of the fetal membranes) nor endometritis (inflammation of the inner membrane of the uterus) are associated with water baths during labor. Many women find that bathing reduces labor pain, but some are concerned about the risk of infection from the bath. This study suggests that baths are safe, even with ruptured membranes.
(American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 178:1215-1221, 1998)
Copyright Phylis Austin


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