Leah L. Albers received her nursing degrees from Vanderbilt University (BSN, 1971; MSN, 1974). She studied nurse-midwifery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1977). She was in full-scope practice for 11 years and then completed the DrPH degree at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (1990). She is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She is actively involved in clinical midwifery research, and was the principal investigator for this project.
The Relationship of Ambulation in Labor to Operative Delivery
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 4–8, January-February 1997
How to Cite
Albers, L. L., Anderson, D., Cragin, L., Daniels, S. M., Hunter, C., Sedler, K. D. and Teaf, D. (1997), The Relationship of Ambulation in Labor to Operative Delivery. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 4–8. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(96)00100-0
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
An abbreviated version of the Nurse-Midwifery Clinical Data Set was used to gather data on all women (n = 3,049) who began intrapartum care with a nurse-midwife in three sites. Demographic information, intrapartum care, and outcomes were recorded. The association of ambulation in labor with operative delivery was examined in a low-risk sample (n = 1,678) of women who did not receive care measures (epidural anesthesia, oxytocin induction or augmentation) that preclude mobility in labor. Women who ambulated for a significant amount of time during labor (compared with those who did not ambulate) had half the rate of operative delivery (2.7% vs. 5.5%).