The evidence for physiologic management of the active phase of the first stage of labor.

@article{Albers2007TheEF,
  title={The evidence for physiologic management of the active phase of the first stage of labor.},
  author={Leah L. Albers},
  journal={Journal of midwifery & women's health},
  year={2007},
  volume={52 3},
  pages={207-15}
}
The active phase of first stage labor is generally defined as the period between 3 cm to 4 cm to complete cervical dilatation, in the presence of regular uterine contractions. Most women will experience this portion of labor within hospital obstetric units, where care commonly features restriction to bed, electronic fetal monitoring, early treatment of "slow" labors, and few pain management options beyond epidurals and narcotics. However, the available evidence on appropriate care for healthy… CONTINUE READING
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