Intrapartum Sonography and Labor Progression

  • Torbjørn Moe Eggebø
  • Kjell Åsmund Salvesen


All pregnant women, and in particular the women expecting their first child, want to know if they will deliver vaginally or experience an operative delivery. Will the pain and effort put into laboring be worth it? Are there ways of telling them that they will have a successful vaginal delivery before labor starts, in the early stages of labor, or if they experience a protracted labor? Should a cesarean section be preferred? Information about labor progress might help the women feel safe. This chapter will explore the possibility of new ultrasound methods to assess labor progress, but also how the same ultrasound methods predict labor outcome.


Cervical Dilatation Fetal Head Ischial Spine Birth Canal Operative Vaginal Delivery 
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Erik Andreas Torkildsen performed some of the ultrasound acquisitions illustrated in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torbjørn Moe Eggebø
    • 1
  • Kjell Åsmund Salvesen
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyStavanger University HospitalStavangerNorway
  2. 2.National Center for Fetal Medicine, Trondheim University Hospital (St. Olav’s Hospital)TrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children’s and Women’s HealthNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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