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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.
New book encompasses the vast history of reproduction

New book encompasses the vast history of reproduction

Low-income women in Texas are not receiving contraception after childbirth, study shows

Low-income women in Texas are not receiving contraception after childbirth, study shows

The Lancet study: First baby born following uterus transplantation from deceased donor

The Lancet study: First baby born following uterus transplantation from deceased donor

Pregnancy losses may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Pregnancy losses may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Study: Women with history of sexual trauma have clear preferences in obstetric care

Study: Women with history of sexual trauma have clear preferences in obstetric care

One twin’s difficult birth puts a project designed to reduce C-sections to the test

One twin’s difficult birth puts a project designed to reduce C-sections to the test

The fourth European Perinatal Health Report focuses on health of newborn babies, mothers

The fourth European Perinatal Health Report focuses on health of newborn babies, mothers

Increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake during pregnancy reduces risk of premature birth, review finds

Increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake during pregnancy reduces risk of premature birth, review finds

Improving access to behavioral health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women

Improving access to behavioral health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women

‘Grossly unfair’? Widower takes ban on military injury claims to Supreme Court

‘Grossly unfair’? Widower takes ban on military injury claims to Supreme Court

Carnegie professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Carnegie professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Study: PVC-floored homes are source of phthalate uptake in pregnant women

Study: PVC-floored homes are source of phthalate uptake in pregnant women

Obese mothers who underwent bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries

Obese mothers who underwent bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries

Breastfeeding could be important way to prevent childhood obesity, study finds

Breastfeeding could be important way to prevent childhood obesity, study finds

Biomedical review finds failure rates in some surgical mesh treatments to be unacceptably high

Biomedical review finds failure rates in some surgical mesh treatments to be unacceptably high

Children born by cesarean more likely to develop food allergies, shows study

Children born by cesarean more likely to develop food allergies, shows study

New study assesses factors determining shared lifetime of grandchildren and their grandmothers

New study assesses factors determining shared lifetime of grandchildren and their grandmothers

Mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus have elevated risk of postpartum depression symptoms

Mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus have elevated risk of postpartum depression symptoms

Likelihood of IVF success increases if 18 to 20 eggs are collected

Likelihood of IVF success increases if 18 to 20 eggs are collected

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ See you in court!

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ See you in court!