Identification of contractions from Electrohysterography for prediction of prolonged labor

Santosh N. Vasist, Parvati Bhat, Shrutin Ulman, Harishchandra Hebbar

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The analysis of the uterine electrical activity and its propagation patterns could potentially predict the risk of prolonged/arrested progress of labor. In our study, the Electrohysterography (EHG) signals of 83 participants in labor at around 3-4 cm of cervical dilatation, were recorded for about 30 minutes each. These signals were analyzed for predicting prolonged labor. Out of the 83 participants, 70 participants had normal progress of labor and delivered vaginally. The remaining 13 participants had prolonged/ arrested progress of labor and had to deliver through a cesarean section. In this paper, we propose an algorithm to identify contractions from the acquired EHG signals based on the energy of the signals. The role of contraction consistency and fundal dominance was evaluated for impact on progress of the labor. As per our study, the correlation of contractions was higher in case of normal progress of labor. We also observed that the upper uterine segment was dominant in cases with prolonged/arrested progress of labor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electrical Bioimpedance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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