Do enemas given to women during the first stage of labour benefit women and their babies? Evidence Update, Maternal Health Series, August 2008.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Reveiz L, Gaitán HG, Cuervo LG. Enemas during labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD000330.
Enemas during the first stage of labour do not reduce infections or episiotomy re-opening in mothers or infections in newborn babies.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp.