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New Evidence for Reconsideration of Normal Labor Progress

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RN, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 6 - p 408
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e318269a277
ONGOING COLUMN: Perinatal Patient Safety

Waiting until at least 6 cm before diagnosing labor dystocia may avoid some primary cesarean births after induction of labor.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO, an Editorial Board Member and Interim Editor of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.