Delivery, Uncomplicated

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Etiology

  • Delivery in ED is rare:
    • Incidence of ED deliveries in US is not known.
    • Health care systems in which patients have little prenatal care tend to have greater incidence of ED deliveries.
  • ED deliveries usually occur in 1 of the following 3 scenarios:
    • Multiparous patient with history of prior rapid labor
    • Nulliparous patient who does not recognize symptoms of labor
    • Patients with lack of prenatal care, lack of transportation, or premature labor

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