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Table 3 Risky practices by health workers to speed up second stage of labour (N = 127)

From: Manpower capacity and reasons for staff shortage in primary health care maternity centres in Nigeria: a mixed-methods study

Risky practices Practiced n (%) Not practiced n (%)
Applying abdominal pressure 42 (33.1) 85 (66.9)
Giving of IV oxytocin bolus 24 (18.9) 103 (81.1)
Asking client to bear down with or without full cervical dilatation 77 (60.6) 50 (39.4)
Beating client to gain her cooperation 12 (9.4) 115 (90.6)
Forcing client to keep her thighs separated 36 (28.3) 91 (71.7)
Gaining client’s cooperation by explanation 93 (73.2) 34 (26.8)
Inviting a relation to scold the client 53 (41.7) 74 (58.3)