The Roma Birthing Wheel:
1 Year’s Clinical Experience at a Specialised Hospital

Gynäkol Geburtshilfliche Rundsch 1998;38:158–163

Key Words:
Spontaneous births, Roma birthing wheel, Delivery duration, Postpartum state, fetus, Satisfaction, Roma birthing wheel

Objective: To test the safety and practicability of spontaneous deliveries with the Roma birthing wheel (RBW). Method: The results of 1 year’s clinical experience (1.12.1995–30.11.1996) with the RBW at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wilhelminen-spital, Vienna, were compared with the results of a group of head-first deliveries before pro-curing the RBW. Results: Out of 1,555 births, 1,377 (89%) were spontaneous; 209 (15%) women used the RBW. Compared with the figures before the RBW was available, the total duration of labor was reduced by about one third; the birth canal was intact in 44% and the use of painkillers reduced by a range between 8 and 27%. Conclusions: In spontaneous births the use of the RBW definitely has advantages, e.g. shortening of the procedure and acceptance on the part of the women; also, safety for both mother and child remains unchanged.

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