Join Michael Linares, RN as he breaks down the stages of labor.

Stage 1: Effacement and dilation of cervix – longest stage

  • Stage 1: Latent Phase – Cervical dilation is 1 to 4 cm.
  • Stage 2: Active Phase – Cervical dilation is 4 to 7 cm.
  • Stage 3: Transitional Phase – Cervical dilation is 8 to 10 cm.

Stage 2: Expulsion of fetus – Cervical dilation is complete.

Stage 3: Separation of placenta – Placental separation and expulsion occurs.

Stage 4: Physical recovery – 1 to 4 hours after delivery


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Silvestri, Linda Anne. “Labor and Delivery”Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier, 2011. 303. Print.

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