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Title: The Second Stage of Labour: Durational Dilemmas
Authors: Derham, R J
Crowther, C
Institutional Author: Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Keywords: Analgesia, Epidural
Labor Stage, Second*/drug effects
Issue Date: 1991
Source: Derham RJ, Crowhurst J, Crowther C. The second stage of labour: durational dilemmas. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1991 Feb;31(1):31-6.
Abstract: The optimal management of prolonged second stage of labour remains a confused area of thought and action. This confusion is particularly evident when epidural analgesia is also being used. A review of the literature indicates that prolonged duration of the second stage, i.e. from full dilation of the cervix until delivery, with or without epidural analgesia, has little adverse effect on perinatal outcome. More attention should be paid to the expulsive phase of the second stage and greater efforts made to reduce unnecessary interventions.
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Journal Title: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Type: Journal Article
Affiliates: Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Study/Trial: Reviews/Systematic Reviews
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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