What are the effects of prolonged or stalled labor?

Linda S. Katz, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
There may not be any effects of prolonged labor, but it depends on the quality of the placenta. In this video, Linda Katz, MD, an OB/GYN at West Hills Hospital, says to not worry about the length of labor as long as mother and child are monitored.

Prolonged labor can be tiring for the mother, the baby, and the mother&aposls support team. Usually, unless these are other complications, there is no reason to hurry the natural process of labor.

Infection is more common if labor lasts a long time. Avoiding frequent vaginal exams can decrease that risk. If you have regular contractions in the active phase of labor but your cervix does not dilate after two to four hours, it may be that the contractions are not strong enough. In this case you may be offered some intervention to help make the contractions stronger and more effective. Occasionally, a small catheter will be carefully inserted through the cervix into the uterus so that the intensity of each contraction can be measured more accurately.

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