Prep for vaginal Delivery

  1. My hospital is looking into changing from the traditional betadine prep for vag delivery to soap and water (or even no prep at all). I cannot find any research on this, anyone have any data that can help me put together our policy with the most up-to-date information? What do you use in your hospital (vag delivery only)??? Do you have some data to back up your use (or non-use) of vaginal prep? Thanks!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Fyreflie
    What prep? For vag deliveries? None of my 3 jobs have used any kind of prep for vag deliveries! I didn't know anywhere did that I'm sure acog would have something. Google?
  4. by   cosmicmama
    Why prep for vaginal deliveries? That went the way of enemas in labor, not necessary. Women have been having babies for thousands of years without having their vaginas "prepped", LOL.
  5. by   melmarie23
    yeah I have been on 3 different LDRP units and none have "prepped" for vaginal deliveries
  6. by   mjs2118
    We do! Betadine! Right when the doctor walks in, before the baby is out.
  7. by   anggelRN
    My old unit did betadine. I didn't really like it because we used a large betadine bottle. That betadine would be used for about 10 or more moms before it was used up. A travel nurse never used betadine but used the single use soap and sponges that come in the plastic packets.

    I personally think good pericare throughout labor in general is a good idea, not just at delivery.
  8. by   Alikatz
    Quote from mjs2118
    We do! Betadine! Right when the doctor walks in, before the baby is out.
    We do the same thing.
  9. by   JStitt01L&D
    We use betadine, it comes in a sterile single large swab that they prep the vagina with right before delivery.
  10. by   knufflebunny
    We use betadine
  11. by   katrn73
    Betadine or hibaclens
  12. by   ElvishDNP
    No prep where I work, and no prep where I delivered.
  13. by   lovemyjoblandd
    My old unit never prepped for vag deliveries so imagine my surprise when I'm on my first day of orientation at my new unit and my preceptor hands me some betadine and sterile water. I looked at her completely lost andbtoldvher I had no idea what she wanted me to do with it lol. From that point on she thought I was clueless. Never even heard of prepping a vag until then. And don't even get me started on prepping the delivery table lol
  14. by   Goodlaura6
    We are trying to stop the practice of betadine vag prep's but I am unable to find any "evidence based" info to included in my recomendation to our doctors.... any one have artials or anything to back up no prep or just soap and water prep???

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