2.3 Physical examination in labour
When you physically examine a woman in labour, your focus will be on her abdomen, vagina and cervix, so remember to:
- Maintain her privacy
- Follow the principles of woman-friendly care (see Box 2.1)
- Examine her comprehensively (head to toe)
- Look for signs of anaemia (paleness inside the eyelids, pale fingernails and gums)
- Look for yellowish discoloration of the eyes (jaundice), which indicates liver disease.