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Correction/clarification

The lead article in the April 2000 issue of Research Activities summarizes a study by Gifford, Morton, Fiske, and others, on lack of progress as a reason for cesarean. Within the article, the statement "... doctors may be more at ease with risks associated with c-sections than they are with continuing to observe a labor in the second stage that is not progressing as rapidly as expected" is misleading. As the authors point out in their paper, "Many cesareans are done during the latent phase of labor [up to 10 cm dilation] and in the second stage of labor [10 cm dilation through delivery] when it is not prolonged." Thus, use of the term "second stage" was unnecessarily restrictive. We apologize for any confusion this misstatement may have caused.

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