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  • Gail Sinquefield CNM, MS,

  • Lauren P. Hunter CNM, MS,

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    • Lauren P. Hunter is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She received a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Colorado, a master of science degree from the University of Arizona, and a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the University of Utah. She is the associate director of nurse-midwifery education at University of California, San Diego.

  • Betty Chern-Hughes CNM, MS

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    • Betty Chern-Hughes is the nurse-midwifery supervisor for the Santa Fe Indian Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her degrees in nursing from University of Arizona, a baccalaureate degree in 1978, and a master's degree in 1985. Her certificate of nurse-midwifery was awarded from University of Utah in 1986. She has been in full-scope clinical practice since 1986.

Address correspondence to Lauren P. Hunter, cnm, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, UCSD Medical Center, 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103–8219.


Prolonged latent phase labor can be a physical, emotional, and mental challenge for both the woman in labor, her support system, and nurse-midwife. In this article, four nurse-midwives offer suggestions for coping with this common clinical dilemma.