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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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
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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