The First Stage Of Labor

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First stage of labor
The first stage of labor is the longest part of labor and can be different time lengths for different women depending on certain factors including: analgesia, maternal or fetal position, the woman’s body size, and how active the woman is. All throughout the labor process the nurse will assess the fetal and maternal assessments to monitor the progression. The first phase is divided in to three phases: Latent, active and transition phase. During the first stage of labor the cervical changes are slow and contractions are mild.
The latent phase can be considered the phase where the labor pains begin that feel like menstrual cramps or a low backache. The pain is often controlled during this phase but behaviors during this stage can be excited, talkative, confident, anxious, withdrawn. This phase usually last as long as 10 to 14 hours. The mother’s behavior during the phase is usually excited and chatting a lot. The latent phase affects woman differently and some woman stay home at this phase or on route to the hospital during latent phase. “The contractions can be every 5 to 10 minutes lasting 30-40 seconds. The cervical effacement and early dilation will occur 0 to 3 cm.” The 4 nursing interventions I chose to do on latent phase to assess the mother and fetus continuously to make sure everything is going well. o provide exercises and movements that will ensure more comfort o provide spiritual care to facilitate more comfort o provide assistance in…
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