"False" labor; normal contractions not associated with progressive cervical dilation
A term used to descrbe a small amount of blood-tinged mucus flowing from the vagina; may herald the onset of labor
A measurement of the opening available in the cervix for the passage of untrine contents (closed- 8 cm in obstetric measurements)
A process in which te cervix softens and thins and is taken up into the lower uterine segment
A term uded to describe the event in which the largest diameter of the fetal head is encircled by the vulvar ring.
Rotation of the fetal head back to its original position as the head passes over the perineun (after crowning)
A change in the relative position of the cervical spine bringing the fetal head toward the chest; in the occipitoanterior position, the result is a smaller diameter of the presenting part; in the occipitoposterior, a larger diameter.
Ratation of the fetal head as it meets the musculature of the pelvic floor; precise movements depend on initial position of the fetus relative to the pelvis
A term that indicates the number of times a woman has given birth; a multiple-birth experience is considered one birth.
Relationship between the presenting fetal part and the maternal body pelvis (most common is occiput anterior (OA).
A term rferring to the fetal part overlying the pelvic inlet (Normal the fetal head but may be breech(buttocks) or compound (more than one part).
A measurement of the descent of the presenting part of the fetus in relationship to the ischial spines.