arrest of descent

arrest of descent

failure of the presenting fetal part to continue to descend during the second stage of labor despite uterine contractions and maternal effort (pushing).
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About a year ago, a longtime friend had her first baby, and required a cesarean for arrest of descent.
Cesarean delivery was indicated if at least one of the following was present: nonreassuring fetal status (persistent category II or III); active phase arrest of dilation; arrest of descent in the second stage of labor; or failed induction of labor.
Taking into account "decision to incision" time, these waiting periods appear shorter than the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines, which define arrest of descent as greater than 3 hours in nulliparous women with epidural analgesia and greater than 2 hours in multiparous women with epidural analgesia, the investigators reported online ahead of print in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010 [doi: 10.