Vaginal Birth at Term - Part 1. Guideline of the DGGG, OEGGG and SGGG (S3-Level, AWMF Registry No. 015/083, December 2020)

M. Abou-Dakn, R. Schäfers, N. Peterwerth, K. Asmushen, S. Bässler-Weber, U. Boes, A. Bosch, D. Ehm, T. Fischer, M. Greening, K. Hartmann, G. Heller, C. Kapp, C. von Kaisenberg, B. Kayer, P. Kranke, B. Lawrenz, F. Louwen, C. Loytved, W. LütjeE. Mattern, R. Nielsen, F. Reister, R. Schlösser, C. Schwarz, V. Stephan, B. S. Kalberer, A. Valet, M. Wenk, S. Kehl


Purpose This guideline aims to summarize the current state of knowledge about vaginal birth at term. The guideline focuses on definitions of the physiological stages of labor as well as differentiating between various pathological developments and conditions. It also assesses the need for intervention and the options to avoid interventions. This first part presents recommendations and statements about patient information and counselling, general patient care, monitoring of patients, pain management and quality control measures for vaginal birth. Methods The German recommendations largely reproduce the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) CG 190 guideline "Intrapartum care for healthy women and babies". Other international guidelines were also consulted in specific cases when compiling this guideline. In addition, a systematic search and analysis of the literature was carried out using PICO questions, if this was considered necessary, and other systematic reviews and individual studies were taken into account. For easier comprehension, the assessment tools of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) were used to evaluate the quality of the additionally consulted studies. Otherwise, the GRADE system was used for the NICE guideline and the evidence reports of the IQWiG were used to evaluate the quality of the evidence. Recommendations Recommendations and statements were formulated based on identified evidence and/or a structured consensus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1143-1193
Number of pages51
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Health Sciences

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-21 Gynaecology and Obstetrics

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