[What is new about obstetrical interventions during labor and normal delivery?]

J Gynecol Obstet Biol Reprod (Paris). 2014 Jun;43(6):413-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jgyn.2014.01.003. Epub 2014 Jan 31.
[Article in French]


This systematic review of the literature reports studies published over the last five years (2008-2013) about interventions during labor and normal delivery. The points made concerning active management of labor, interventions aimed at improving maternal comfort, management of occiput posterior fetal presentations, management of second stage of labor and prevention techniques for perineal lesions. Although obstetrics remains an "art" to which training is mainly based on experience and clinical expertise, this "art" at present cannot live without the evidence-based medicine. Numerous randomized trials published and in process, demonstrate awareness of this reality in our specialty.

Keywords: Accouchement; Delivery; Interventions obstétricales; Labor; Obstetrical interventions; Travail.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
  • Delivery, Obstetric / trends
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Labor, Obstetric*
  • Pregnancy