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Swedish Study: First stage progression in women with spontaneous onset of labor: A large population-based cohort study

"Among nulliparous and multiparous women our data suggest that the median cervical change over time is faster than 1 cm per hour during the first stage of labor. However, traverse time of cervical change at and beyond the 95th percentile is longer than 1 cm per hour." But bottom line, labors vary and outcomes are generally not affected by rate of progress.

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