OverviewEmergency 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.
Update Date 7/23/2012
Updated by: Melanie N. Smith, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.