Mechanism of Labor

[Infographic] How to Study: Mechanism of Labor

The cardinal movements that occur during the mechanism of labor describe the movement of the fetus through the birth canal. Learn them all with this infographic.

Mechanism of Labor

Some topics you will learn in this infographic:

Engagement:
During the few weeks before labor, the presenting part of the fetus will pass through the maternal pelvic inlet and engages in the true pelvis. This mechanism refers to engagement.

Descent:
The descent of the fetus through the pelvis indicates the progressive movement of the fetal presenting part through the pelvis to prepare for birth.

Expulsion of Infant:
After the head and shoulders have exited the vaginal opening, the fetal head and shoulders move upward allowing for the rest of the baby to be born.

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