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When labor continues over a long period of time, doctors tend to take extra precautions to ensure
that both mother and baby show no signs of extreme exhaustion or over exertion. If the baby's heart rate slows or accelerates too quickly or shows no signs of activity, most often he is considered to be showing signs of fetal distress. Because the risk of infection and oxygen deprivation is high after a prolonged labor, any sign of distress usually calls for an emergency C-section.