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LABOR. Continued operation; work.
     2. The labor and skill of one man is frequently used in a partnership, and valued as equal to the capital of another.
     3. When business has been done for another, and suit is brought to recover a just reward, there is generally contained in the declaration, a count for work and labor.
     4. Where penitentiaries exist, persons who have committed crimes are condemned to be imprisoned therein at labor.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Yeh noted that nurse-midwives would still have to contend with the individual hospitals and their definitions of qualified personnel, even if the physician requirement for false labor was eliminated.
After Melissa experienced false labor, the real thing began late at night seven weeks before her due date.
I got up in the middle of the night two different times for false labor. When she went in to real labor she didn't call me, even though I had spoken to her on the phone two hours before.
The doctor was not present since he believed I was having false labor pains, and I dutifully "held" when told.