Descent

Descent is the fetal head passing down into the pelvis. It occurs in a discontinuous fashion. The greatest rate of descent occurs in the deceleration phase of the first stage of labor and during the second stage of labor (Figure 6-5).

FIGURE 6-4. Engagement.

(Reproduced, with permission, from DeCherney AH, Pernoll ML. Current Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment. Nor-walk, CT: Appleton & Lange, 1994:211.)

FIGURE 6-4. Engagement.

(Reproduced, with permission, from DeCherney AH, Pernoll ML. Current Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment. Nor-walk, CT: Appleton & Lange, 1994:211.)

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