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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.
Study finds that 21% of mothers do not disclose PPMD symptoms to healthcare providers

Study finds that 21% of mothers do not disclose PPMD symptoms to healthcare providers

Often missing in the health care debate: Women’s voices

Often missing in the health care debate: Women’s voices

Research shows probiotics can reduce incidence of sepsis in infants

Research shows probiotics can reduce incidence of sepsis in infants

Study: Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women tend to be unrealistic

Study: Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women tend to be unrealistic

SLUCare obstetricians examine novel device to treat postpartum hemorrhage

SLUCare obstetricians examine novel device to treat postpartum hemorrhage

Global multi-stakeholder partnerships improve health of women, children, and adolescents

Global multi-stakeholder partnerships improve health of women, children, and adolescents

Study explores reasons for higher risk of depression in some women

Study explores reasons for higher risk of depression in some women

University of Warwick receives multi-million pound grant to improve healthcare in slums

University of Warwick receives multi-million pound grant to improve healthcare in slums

Women with high-risk pregnancies far more prone to heart disease

Women with high-risk pregnancies far more prone to heart disease

BetterYou magnesium flakes shown to ease restless legs syndrome

BetterYou magnesium flakes shown to ease restless legs syndrome

Parents of ill children worry about return of ‘lifetime limits’ in GOP health bill

Parents of ill children worry about return of ‘lifetime limits’ in GOP health bill

Noisy environment at night linked to infertility in men

Noisy environment at night linked to infertility in men

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow

Study highlights need for more research in primary care and family medicine

Study highlights need for more research in primary care and family medicine

New study receives £1.8m NIHR funding to find effective treatment for bleeding after childbirth

New study receives £1.8m NIHR funding to find effective treatment for bleeding after childbirth

Cryopreservation of Embryos to Improve Assisted Reproductive Technology

Cryopreservation of Embryos to Improve Assisted Reproductive Technology

Cesarean patients prescribed more opioid pain medications than needed, study shows

Cesarean patients prescribed more opioid pain medications than needed, study shows

Timing of girl's first menstruation may affect sexual encounter, pregnancy, and childbirth

Timing of girl's first menstruation may affect sexual encounter, pregnancy, and childbirth

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust uses Cole-Parmer’s Stuart equipment to improve epidural anesthesia

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust uses Cole-Parmer’s Stuart equipment to improve epidural anesthesia

Oxytocin treatment may help overcome drug addiction, study suggests

Oxytocin treatment may help overcome drug addiction, study suggests