When is the latent phase of labor?

What are the different stages of labor? The first phase of the first stage of labor is called the latent phase, when contractions are becoming more frequent (usually 5 to 20 minutes apart) and somewhat stronger.

Is 2nd labour quicker if 1st was c-section?

Yes, labour is likely to be quicker with a second or subsequent birth (NICE, 2014). It is especially likely that the early stages (latent labour) will be faster and contractions will become stronger more quickly. So you might need to consider getting to the place where you will give birth faster than last time.

Is a planned c-section better than emergency?

Unplanned C-section Most C-sections are unplanned because the need for one doesn’t present itself until much closer to labor, or during it. In these cases, moms have been planning for a vaginal birth. But a few weeks, days or even hours before delivery, mom and their doctor decide that a C-section is the safest option.

When is the latent phase of Labour defined?

2.1.1. Latent phase of labour is defined as a period of time, not necessarily continuous, when there are painful contractions and there is some cervical change, including cervical effacement and dilation up to 4cm (NICE 2017).

How is the first stage of labor divided?

The first stage is divided into three phases: latent, active, and transition. In the latent phase, contractions occur more often, become stronger, and become more regular. During this phase the cervix thins.

How long does the active phase of Labor last?

For most women, dilation goes from 3 to 4 centimeters to 8 to 9 centimeters. The active phase is the most predictable, lasting an average of 5 hours in first-time mothers and 2 hours in mothers who have given birth before. Finally, there is the transition phase.

What happens during the transition phase of Labor?

In some women, the transition phase is not really noticeable, blending into the active phase. This is also a phase of more rapid descent, when the baby is passing lower into the pelvis and deeper into the birth canal. In mothers with no anesthesia, nausea, vomiting and uncontrollable shaking may occur.