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Emergency Childbirth

Emergency Childbirth


Emergency measures are indicated when childbirth is imminent and no health care professional is present. Indications of late labor include: rupturing of the amniotic sac; dilation of the cervix; and appearance of the baby's head at the vaginal opening.

Review Date 12/26/2014

Updated by: Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.