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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.
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

Liverpool-led research consortium aims to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Liverpool-led research consortium aims to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Older first-time mothers may have increased chances of living longer

Older first-time mothers may have increased chances of living longer

Gaumard to exhibit new OMNI 2 touch-screen wireless interface at AHA’s Scientific Sessions

Gaumard to exhibit new OMNI 2 touch-screen wireless interface at AHA’s Scientific Sessions

Women who have not given birth also experience urinary incontinence, study finds

Women who have not given birth also experience urinary incontinence, study finds

Encapsulated placenta may not be good source of dietary iron for postpartum mothers, study finds

Encapsulated placenta may not be good source of dietary iron for postpartum mothers, study finds

Authors call for international efforts to end preventable deaths from breast, cervical cancer

Authors call for international efforts to end preventable deaths from breast, cervical cancer