Characteristics of uterine activity in nulliparous labour

D. M.F. GIBB, S. ARULKUMARAN, K. C. LUN, S. S. RATNAM

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Abstract

Summary. Uterine activity was studied in 40 nulliparous Chinese women who were in normal labour and had a normal delivery. A catheter‐tip pressure transducer coupled with a uterine activity integrator was used to observe and quantify uterine activity. Normal labour progress was defined as labour progressing within 2 h to the right of a line drawn at 1 cm/h in the active phase. A wide range of uterine activity was recorded with varying degrees of co‐ordination. The minimum level of uterine activity likely to be associated with labour progress was 650 kPas/15 min at 3 cm cervical dilatation. The median level in the active phase of normal labour was 1440 kPas/15 min. There was a strong correlation between measurements in kPas/15 min and Montevideo units/15 min (r= 0.71, P0.001). No significant increase was found in basal tone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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