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Table 5 Midwives and obstetricians views on the need for more evidence to guide care during the third stage of labour

From: Care during the third stage of labour: A postal survey of UK midwives and obstetricians

  Midwives
n = 1297 (%)
Obstetricians
n = 926 (%)
More evidence needed from randomised trials 1151 (89) 747 (81)
   no response 4 (<1) 19 (2)
If more evidence needed, what do you think are the important questions?     
   when is best to clamp the cord 1032   655  
   is placental drainage beneficial 913   505  
   optimum timing for the prophylactic uterotonic drug 885   504  
   is controlled cord traction beneficial 766   361  
   other 98   32  
  1. Midwives: management of retained placenta n = 8; water births n = 3; management of third stage n = 64; which uterotonic is best n = 22; cord milking n = 1
  2. Obstetricians: which uterotonic n = 14; management of retained placenta n = 10; management of third stage n = 6; cord milking n = 2