Maternal psychological and physiologic correlates of fetal-newborn health status

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1981 Apr 15;139(8):956-8. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(81)90967-4.


Data were obtained from 32 primigravid women in pregnancy and in labor. Anxiety in labor, measured by a self-report inventory, and plasma epinephrine were significantly correlated with the fetal heart rate pattern in active-phase labor (3 to 10 cm of cervical dilatation). The fetal heart rate pattern was significantly correlated with Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes. Conflict in the acceptance of pregnancy, measured in prenatal interviews, predicted anxiety and epinephrine levels in labor and the 5-minute Apgar score.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety* / blood
  • Apgar Score*
  • Epinephrine / blood*
  • Female
  • Fetal Heart / drug effects
  • Fetal Heart / physiology*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Labor, Obstetric
  • Pregnancy*


  • Epinephrine