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When you are ready to have your baby, you'll go through labor. Contractions let you know labor is starting. When contractions are five minutes apart, your body is ready to push the baby out. During the first stage of labor, your cervix slowly opens, or dilates, to about 4 inches wide. At the same time, it becomes thinner. This is called effacement. You shouldn't push until your uterus is fully effaced and dilated. When it is, the baby delivery stage starts. Crowning is when your baby's scalp comes into view. Shortly afterward, your baby is born. The placenta that nourished the baby follows.

Mothers and babies are monitored closely during labor. Most women are healthy enough to have a baby through normal vaginal delivery, meaning that the baby comes down the birth canal without surgery. If there are complications, the baby may need to be delivered surgically by a Cesarean section.
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'Love hormone' could hold key to treating drug addicts, say experts

Many patients struggle to understand complex health insurance plans, survey finds

Many patients struggle to understand complex health insurance plans, survey finds

Delaying marriage age of women has positive effects for children, study shows

Delaying marriage age of women has positive effects for children, study shows

First-in-human study shows positive results for new medicine that could reduce maternal deaths

First-in-human study shows positive results for new medicine that could reduce maternal deaths

New system uses remote medical monitoring, mobile games to improve at-home pelvic floor muscle training

New system uses remote medical monitoring, mobile games to improve at-home pelvic floor muscle training

New study finds increasing age as risk factor for decreased postpartum pelvic floor strength

New study finds increasing age as risk factor for decreased postpartum pelvic floor strength

Upstate opens new public cord blood bank in New York

Upstate opens new public cord blood bank in New York

New pregnancy recommendations offer road map to help women with congenital heart disease

New pregnancy recommendations offer road map to help women with congenital heart disease

‘Love hormone’ from insects could be used as drug lead to prevent uterine contractility in preterm labour

‘Love hormone’ from insects could be used as drug lead to prevent uterine contractility in preterm labour

Hypertensive disease of pregnancy linked to higher risk for early mortality

Hypertensive disease of pregnancy linked to higher risk for early mortality

Number of U.S. women taking maternity leave has not changed, study finds

Number of U.S. women taking maternity leave has not changed, study finds

Mediplus develops new silicone pessaries that eliminate clinical risks associated with surgical mesh

Mediplus develops new silicone pessaries that eliminate clinical risks associated with surgical mesh

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

Archaeologist discovers 800-year-old genomes from bacterial infection in Byzantine skeleton

UWM physicists use novel algorithm to pinpoint moment of conception

UWM physicists use novel algorithm to pinpoint moment of conception

Pelvic prolapse surgery using mesh or graft not more effective than standard technique, study finds

Pelvic prolapse surgery using mesh or graft not more effective than standard technique, study finds

Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms

Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms

Sneezing elicits blinking response to protect the body from germs, says allergist

Sneezing elicits blinking response to protect the body from germs, says allergist

Woman’s history of drug use can help predict risk of postpartum stress and anxiety

Woman’s history of drug use can help predict risk of postpartum stress and anxiety

Higher maternal age of successful child bearing may be marker of healthy aging

Higher maternal age of successful child bearing may be marker of healthy aging

University of Leicester researcher reveals how new mothers turn to online support forums for advice

University of Leicester researcher reveals how new mothers turn to online support forums for advice