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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1981 Apr 15;139(8):956-8.

Maternal psychological and physiologic correlates of fetal-newborn health status.

Abstract

Data were obtained from 32 primigravid women in pregnancy and in labor. Anxiety in labor, measured by a self-report inventory, and plasma epinephrine were significantly correlated with the fetal heart rate pattern in active-phase labor (3 to 10 cm of cervical dilatation). The fetal heart rate pattern was significantly correlated with Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes. Conflict in the acceptance of pregnancy, measured in prenatal interviews, predicted anxiety and epinephrine levels in labor and the 5-minute Apgar score.

PMID:
7223798
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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