5. Diagnosing and Treating Dysfunctional Labor

  1. Wayne R. Cohen MD1 and
  2. Emanuel A. Friedman MD, Med ScD2

Published Online: 10 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119971566.ch5

Labor and Delivery Care: A Practical Guide

Labor and Delivery Care: A Practical Guide

How to Cite

Cohen, W. R. and Friedman, E. A. (2011) Diagnosing and Treating Dysfunctional Labor, in Labor and Delivery Care: A Practical Guide, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119971566.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York, NY, USA

  2. 2

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 14 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654590

Online ISBN: 9781119971566



  • dysfunctional labor;
  • maternal pelvic architecture;
  • labor assessment;
  • cephalopelvic relationship;
  • clinical cephalopelvimetry;
  • fetal station;
  • trial of labor;
  • protraction, arrest disorders;
  • prolonged deceleration phase;
  • oxytocin and uterine activity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cephalopelvic relationships

  • Identifying dysfunctional labor

  • Oxytocin and uterine activity

  • Second stage problems

  • Duration

  • Pain management during labor

  • Further Reading