Prof. Ron Unger – Cervical dilation at the time of epidural catheter insertion is not associated with the degree of prolongation of the first or second stages of labor, or the rate of instrumental vaginal delivery

Abstract Introduction Epidural analgesia (EA) is an established option for efficient intrapartum analgesia. Meta‐analyses have shown that EA differentially affects the first stage of labor but prolongs the second. The question of EA timing remains open. We aimed to investigate whether EA prolongs delivery in total and whether the EA administration timing vis‐à‐vis cervical dilation…

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Prof. Ron Unger – Unplanned Cesarean Delivery in the Second Stage of Labor Holds Higher Odds of Complications than in the First Stage, while Similar in Primiparas and Multiparas

Abstract Background: While endeavors to reduce cesarean delivery (CD) rates are given priority worldwide, it is important to evaluate if these efforts place parturients and neonates at risk. CD performed in the second stage of labor carries higher risks of maternal and fetal complications and is a more challenging surgical procedure than that performed in the…

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