- Women delivering in a "sensory delivery room" had a slightly lower risk of cesarean delivery (CD) compared with women in a standard delivery room.
Why this matters
- Most primary births naturally commence at night or in the early morning.
- This study raises an interesting idea that labor can be influenced by alteration in light or time of day.
- Rate of CD in sensory delivery room was lower compared with a standard delivery room:
- 6.4% vs 10.7%;
- aOR, 0.44 (95% CI, 0.22-0.87).
- Indications for CD (standard vs sensory) included:
- asphyxia: 21% vs 33%;
- inefficient uterine action: 21% vs 28%;
- cephalopelvic disproportion: 47% vs 39%; and
- failed vacuum: 9% vs 0%.
- Increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage >1000 mL in the sensory group:
- aOR, 2.01 (95% CI, 1.07-4.09).
- Lower need for oxytocin in the sensory group:
- aOR, 0.71 (95% CI, 0.50-1.03).
- Retrospective observational cohort study.
- Nulliparous women in spontaneous labor were assigned to a sensory delivery room (n=313) or a standard delivery room (n=476) based on preference and availability.
- Sensory delivery rooms offer programmable calming lights, images, and sound effects.
- Funding: Region Zealand in Denmark.
- Participants selected type of birthing room.