Maternal psychological and physiologic correlates of fetal-newborn health status

Edward Lederman, Regina P. Lederman, Bruce A. Work, Daisy S. McCann

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-958
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume139
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 1981
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Lederman, E., Lederman, R. P., Work, B. A., & McCann, D. S. (1981). Maternal psychological and physiologic correlates of fetal-newborn health status. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 139(8), 956-958.