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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.
Supreme Court declines to hear military medical malpractice case

Supreme Court declines to hear military medical malpractice case

Study: India has large disparities in under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states

Study: India has large disparities in under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states

Prophylactic antibiotics could halve infection rates after childbirth

Prophylactic antibiotics could halve infection rates after childbirth

Sepsis Alliance launches Maternal Sepsis Day to raise awareness and save lives

Sepsis Alliance launches Maternal Sepsis Day to raise awareness and save lives

History of eating disorders associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers

History of eating disorders associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers

Novel approach uses magnetic beads for the treatment of preeclampsia

Novel approach uses magnetic beads for the treatment of preeclampsia

Is it a feminist right to want more sex? One company thinks a pill is the answer

Is it a feminist right to want more sex? One company thinks a pill is the answer

Opioid overdose found to be most common cause of pregnancy-associated death in new moms

Opioid overdose found to be most common cause of pregnancy-associated death in new moms

CDC says large number of pregnancy related deaths could be prevented

CDC says large number of pregnancy related deaths could be prevented

Fetal heart rate monitoring can help health workers to identify at risk fetuses

Fetal heart rate monitoring can help health workers to identify at risk fetuses

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at greater risk of preterm birth

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at greater risk of preterm birth

New immune-based therapy eliminates HPV in one-third of women with cervical precancerous lesions

New immune-based therapy eliminates HPV in one-third of women with cervical precancerous lesions

Study: Maternal deaths from cesarean sections far higher in low and middle-income countries

Study: Maternal deaths from cesarean sections far higher in low and middle-income countries

More children linked with greater risk of heart disease

More children linked with greater risk of heart disease

Discrimination, PTSD linked to high preterm-birth rates among African-American women

Discrimination, PTSD linked to high preterm-birth rates among African-American women

Study charts cesarean delivery trends in India

Study charts cesarean delivery trends in India

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

First-of-its-kind study provides pregnancy statistics of imprisoned U.S. women

First-of-its-kind study provides pregnancy statistics of imprisoned U.S. women

First postpartum depression drug gets FDA nod

First postpartum depression drug gets FDA nod

FDA approves first drug for treatment of postpartum depression in adult women

FDA approves first drug for treatment of postpartum depression in adult women