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Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 224–226 | Cite as

Pharmacotherapy in the perinatal period‐ an exploratory study in midwifery

  • Hilde Tobi
  • Eric Schirm
  • Angelique M. Verdegaal
  • Lolkje T.W. de Jong‐v.d. Berg
Article

Abstract

Objective: To gather information on the adherence to the Dutch national neonatal vitamin K policy and on the administration of prescription medication during labor by community midwives.Methods: A telephone questionnaire under community midwives in the North of the Netherlands.Results: In the main, the vitamin K practices follow the guidelines with respect to who receives the first dose and maintenance therapy. There is possibly underdosing. Midwives use their license to administer medicines during labor in moderation: 91% report to never use tocolytics, oxytocics or analgesics.Conclusion: In general, the national vitamin K policy is followed. Information gathered prospectively is needed on the use of pharmacotherapy by community midwives in the perinatal period.

Labor, medication Midwifery Pharmacoepidemiology Vitamin K 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilde Tobi
    • 1
  • Eric Schirm
    • 1
  • Angelique M. Verdegaal
    • 1
  • Lolkje T.W. de Jong‐v.d. Berg
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Pharmacy, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacotherapy, GUIDEUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands

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