This paper is based on the assumption that labor is a physiologic function, and a keen appreciation of the adequacy of nature's mechanism in each of the stages has led me to cling to this view throughout most of my obstetric experience. At times I have been led astray by some new fad only to return with a stronger faith in the advantages of a natural delivery. It therefore is my conviction that a normal labor should be allowed to proceed along physiologic lines, that nothing should be done to interfere with the natural mechanism and that the attendant at all times should be sufficiently familiar with nature's efforts to enable him to assist her whenever it is possible.
The management of labor should include the management of false labor. When the pains begin it is important to ascertain whether they are genuine or false.True labor pains