Practices of midwives working in delivery rooms for protection of perineum during intrapartum period and their feedback on these applications

Akin B., Balcik Colak M., Öztürk Can H. , Kuni F.

JOURNAL OF MATERNAL-FETAL & NEONATAL MEDICINE, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1812573


Introduction and hypothesis Perineal traumas occurring during labor are undesirable for both the midwives and the woman. Midwives and obstetricians could use different techniques to protect the perineum. Purpose The aim of this study was to determine the practices of midwives working in the delivery room to protect the perineum during the second stage of labor. Methods This is a prospective observational study regarding practices of midwifes for protection of perineum during intrapartum period. The study was conducted with a total of 20 midwives in a maternity unit of an training and research hospital. The data were collected through the forms prepared by the researchers. Findings The average age of the midwives was 34 +/- 8.77. The majority of midwives (n: 17, 85%) believed that the need for practices to protect the perineum during labor; 40% of them used perineal protection (hands on) technique to protect perineum and they preferred to perform routine episiotomy in all primiparas. Results and conclusions As a result of the study, it was observed that evidence-based practices was not applied sufficiently enough by the midwives although they were knowledgeable and believed that they are beneficial. Studies are needed for the obstacles to these practices to be identified and removed.