Duration of labor
wide variations in the duration of labor. The length of labor is influenced by
party, time of the last delivery, type of pelvis, size and presentation of the
fetus, strength and frequency of uterine contractions. The greatest part of
labor is taken up by the first stage. The most important thing is the progress
of labor provided the woman is comfortable and the fetus is well. The labor
last longer in primigravidae than in multigravidae.
times primigravidae spend less time while multipara spend more time in labour.
Evidences have shown that the use of Oxytocin and one-to-one care has reduced
the period of labour considerably.
Calculation of duration of labour
begins – 12:30a.m
dilated – 7.15a.m
delivered – 7.25am.
& membranes delivered – 7.38a.m 1st Stage: 12.30 – 7.15a.m =
6hrs : 45mins
: 7.15 – 7.25a.m = 10mins
Stage: 7.25 – 7.33a.m = 8mins
TOTAL = 7hrs: 3mins