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Table 1 Stages of Labour [8]

From: Quality of care during childbirth in Tanzania: identification of areas that need improvement

Latent phase
Presence of contraction which can both be regular and irregular, cervical dilatation < 4 cm
Active phase
First stage: Presence of frequent and regular contractions, cervical dilatation > 4 cm
Second stage: Full cervical dilatation and urge to push, birth of the baby
Third stage: After birth of the baby, placental separation and expulsion