Intrapartum Ultrasonography for Labor Management

  • Antonio Malvasi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Thomas Popowski, Patrick Rozenberg
    Pages 1-13
  3. Miguel Angel Barber, Francisca S. Molina, Margarita Medina, Azahar Romero, Jose A. Garcia-Hernandez
    Pages 15-28
  4. Torbjørn Moe Eggebø, Kjell Åsmund Salvesen
    Pages 41-59
  5. Antonino F. Barbera, Andrea Tinelli, Elena Pacella, Antonio Malvasi
    Pages 61-72
  6. Antonino F. Barbera, Andrea Tinelli, Antonio Malvasi
    Pages 73-86
  7. Tullio Ghi, Aly Youssef, Elisa Maroni, Gianluigi Pilu, Nicola Rizzo
    Pages 101-108
  8. Boris Tutschek, Thorsten Braun, Frederic Chantraine, Wolfgang Henrich
    Pages 109-117
  9. Sushma Potti, Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Vincenzo Berghella
    Pages 119-132
  10. Andrea Tinelli, Sarah Gustapane, Francesco Giacci, Domenico Dell’Edera, Antonio Malvasi
    Pages 133-148
  11. Dan Farine, Drorith Hochner-Celnikier, Yoav Paltieli, Mario Bochicchio
    Pages 149-158
  12. Anna Maria Dückelmann, Karim D. Kalache
    Pages 159-181
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 183-189

About this book


During intrapartum obstetric care clinicians evaluate the fetal head position manually, either by abdominal or digital vaginal palpation. However, digital examination has been shown to be highly operator-dependent (subjective). Intrapartum ultrasound, on the other hand, seems to be reproducible and easy to learn. In crucial situations like obstructed labor, likely to require medical intervention, there really is a need for ultrasound assessment of birth progress and on the busy labor ward.

This is the first book devoted entirely to intrapartum ultrasound for the management of labor. Experts in the field present their own experiences and summarize the published state of the art. The use of intrapartum ultrasonography in evaluation of the first and second stages of labor and diagnosis of the occiput posterior and transverse positions is clearly documented. Each situation is analyzed with the help of informative images, and invaluable tips and tricks are provided, showing how fetal head engagement and progression can be documented objectively. The importance of ultrasound in obstetrics risk management is also addressed.

This book explains how intrapartum ultrasonography can be used to assess whether a safe natural delivery is likely or whether operative procedures are required. We hope it will be valuable for all professionals, physicians and midwifes alike, who care for labouring women.


Cesarian Section Delivery Intrapartum Sonography Labor Ultrasounds

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Malvasi
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Obstetric and GynecologySanta Maria HospitalBariItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-29938-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-29939-1
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