Presentation (fetal structure entering the pelvis first- vertex should be presenting part).
Position (location of the back of the fetal head)
"F"eeding "D"ogs "I"s "R"ewarding
"F"requency (time from beginning of one vontraction to beginning of another/ clock or monitor paper, computer).
"D"uration (length of each contraction start-finish)
"I'ntensity (muscle tone of the uterus at the acme of contraction MILD, MODERATE, STRONG)
"R"esting Tone (muscle tone of the uterus at rest, between contractions)
relationship b/t passenger and passage
Passenger: vertex presentation, sutures shift and move to navigate through the pelvis
Pelvis: "False Pelvis" vs "True Pelvis"
"zero station"= fetal head at spines
"plus station"= fetal head below the spines, indicated by numbers
"minus station"= fetal head above the spines
Signs of Impending Labor
Lightening: movement of the fetus downward into pelvic cavity (engagement)
Braxton-Hicks Contractions: irregular contractions that occur after 3rd month of pregnancy
Bloody Show: pink-tinged mucous secretions resulting from cervical dilation
Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes: amniotic fluid from the vagina