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Latent phase of labor

INTRODUCTION

Normal labor refers to the presence of regular uterine contractions that cause progressive dilation and effacement of the cervix and fetal descent. It is viewed in terms of its phases: latent, active, and decelerative; and its stages: first, second, and third.

The latent phase of labor will be reviewed here. Other aspects of labor and labor abnormalities are discussed separately:

(See "Mechanism of normal labor and delivery".)

(See "Overview of normal labor and protraction and arrest disorders".)

(See "Management of normal labor and delivery".)

            

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Literature review current through: Sep 2014. | This topic last updated: Sep 19, 2014.
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