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Intrapartal Care

Labor is defined as the process by which the fetus is expelled from the uterus and the time period immediately after. Five factors influence the labor process:

  • Passageway— The birth canal, which consists of the uterus, bony pelvis, and vagina.

  • Passenger— The baby. This consideration during the intrapartal period involves evaluation and management of distress.

  • Powers— The mother’s body’s power to expel the fetus; it consists of the uterine contractions.

  • Position— The position the mother assumes during labor; it can make a difference in the decent of the fetus and the mother’s comfort.

  • Psychological response— The psychological response of the mother makes a difference in the labor experience. If the mother is prepared and in control, it is much more likely that the labor process will proceed smoothly.


  

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