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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.
Acute kidney injury on the rise in hospitalized pregnant women

Acute kidney injury on the rise in hospitalized pregnant women

APHA adopts 14 new public health policy statements at 2019 Annual Meeting

APHA adopts 14 new public health policy statements at 2019 Annual Meeting

Bortezomib drug helps re-balance disrupted muscle growth, prevent contractures

Bortezomib drug helps re-balance disrupted muscle growth, prevent contractures

Study shows significant decrease in use of antidepressants by pregnant women

Study shows significant decrease in use of antidepressants by pregnant women

Gut microbiome is a reality in fetal life also

Gut microbiome is a reality in fetal life also

Researchers analyze trends in episiotomy use among vaginal deliveries

Researchers analyze trends in episiotomy use among vaginal deliveries

Pregnant women with anemia more likely to need blood transfusions after cesarean delivery

Pregnant women with anemia more likely to need blood transfusions after cesarean delivery

Episiotomy during childbirth may help reduce severe perineal tears among forceps and vacuum deliveries

Episiotomy during childbirth may help reduce severe perineal tears among forceps and vacuum deliveries

Women being mistreated during childbirth in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria

Women being mistreated during childbirth in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria

Severe vomiting in early pregnancy linked to increased autism risk

Severe vomiting in early pregnancy linked to increased autism risk

Formula costs the earth: support breastfeeding instead, says new study

Formula costs the earth: support breastfeeding instead, says new study

Prehistoric baby bottles: evidence animal milk fed to prehistoric babies

Prehistoric baby bottles: evidence animal milk fed to prehistoric babies

Love hormone oxytocin linked to hypersexuality

Love hormone oxytocin linked to hypersexuality

Study uncovers epigenetic origins for hypersexual disorder

Study uncovers epigenetic origins for hypersexual disorder

Researchers develop world's first blood incubator using laser technology

Researchers develop world's first blood incubator using laser technology

Spending on transitional housing for youth in foster care can help prevent homelessness, incarceration

Spending on transitional housing for youth in foster care can help prevent homelessness, incarceration

Gut bacterial changes influence lupus treatment results in pregnancy

Gut bacterial changes influence lupus treatment results in pregnancy

University of Illinois at Chicago opens three health care simulation centers

University of Illinois at Chicago opens three health care simulation centers

New model for vaginal microbiome transplantation

New model for vaginal microbiome transplantation

Study finds upward trend in number of pregnant women with high blood pressure

Study finds upward trend in number of pregnant women with high blood pressure