Birth technology device: an appraisal

Marlene Sinclair, Ian Bradbury

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the effectiveness and efficacy of a new ‘natural birth technology’ device called EPI-NO and describe its use so that midwives, obstetricians and women will have the necessary evidence to make a judgement on its place in the birthing process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-27
JournalRCM Midwives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

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  • device appraisal
  • epino birth trainer


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