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Maternal fatigue implications of second stage labor nursing care

The parameters of fatigue have been studied in recent years in relation to women's health and the childbearing period. Less research emphasis has been placed on second stage labor, a period of time that can encompass considerable physiologic and psychologic fatigue. Consideration to minimizing second stage labor fatigue by altering conventional support practices is needed. This includes minimizing long periods of strong pushing or bearing down efforts in conjunction with sustained breath holding, particularly for women receiving epidural anesthesia. The potential sequelae of second stage labor fatigue, recommendations for practice changes, and new research directions are discussed.


Mayberry, L. J., Gennaro, S., Strange, L., Williams, M., & De, A. (1999). Maternal fatigue: implications of second stage labor nursing care. JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 28(2), 175-181. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1552-6909.1999.tb01982.x