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Poor progress in labour 

Poor progress in labour
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Poor progress in labour
Author(s):

Sambit Mukhopadhyay

, Edward Morris

, and Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651399.003.0039
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date: 26 January 2021

Poor progress in labour is associated with increased maternal morbidity and mortality. Prolonged labour can predispose to maternal dehydration, sepsis, and ketoacidosis and increase the risk of PPH, obstetric fistulae, obstruction, uterine rupture, stillbirth, and maternal death. There is also an increase in Caesarean section rates for dystocia and failure to progress, with its attendant risks for both the mother and the baby. Systematic evidence-based management of poor progress in labour can prevent adverse obstetric outcomes.

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