I often joke with a first time mother who is preoccupied with watching the
clock that no woman has ever missed her birth by sleeping through it. It is
important that the mother be encouraged to rest and sleep as much as
possible in very early labor. If exhaustion has occurred, labor will slow
down and inertia and constriction rings may lead to operative intervention.
The risk of maternal hemorrhage increases as well as the possibility of
subinvolution with excessive bleeding and postpartum infection.
-Valeria El Halta, Midwifery Today Issue 46
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