What monitoring is performed during the first stage of labor?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Management includes the following:

  • Periodic assessment of the frequency and strength of uterine contractions and changes in cervix and in the fetus' station and position

  • Monitoring the fetal heart rate at least every 15 minutes, particularly during and immediately after uterine contractions; in most obstetric units, the fetal heart rate is assessed continuously [3]

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