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

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

New QUT study sheds light on factors promoting and inhibiting 'normal' birth

New QUT study sheds light on factors promoting and inhibiting 'normal' birth

Woman's pregnancy history may be linked to Alzheimer's disease risk

Woman's pregnancy history may be linked to Alzheimer's disease risk

Research reveals why risks of complications in pregnancy vary based on baby's sex

Research reveals why risks of complications in pregnancy vary based on baby's sex

Study explores childbirth preferences of pregnant women

Study explores childbirth preferences of pregnant women

Screening mothers for PPD in emergency setting

Screening mothers for PPD in emergency setting

New heat stable version of Carbetocin to prevent hemorrhage after birth

New heat stable version of Carbetocin to prevent hemorrhage after birth

Most Texans want state to expand Medicaid and help poor get health care

Most Texans want state to expand Medicaid and help poor get health care

Study: Treg cells may protect infants from getting infected with HIV from their mother

Study: Treg cells may protect infants from getting infected with HIV from their mother

Abortion does not increase woman's risk for depression

Abortion does not increase woman's risk for depression

Young cancer survivors have higher risk of pregnancy associated heart failure, shows study

Young cancer survivors have higher risk of pregnancy associated heart failure, shows study

$2.3 million NIH grant to support new project on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

$2.3 million NIH grant to support new project on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

‘Time’s up’: Covered California takes aim at hospital C-section rates

‘Time’s up’: Covered California takes aim at hospital C-section rates

New research raises concern about rate of postpartum hemorrhage

New research raises concern about rate of postpartum hemorrhage

New tool gives hope for women with fistula injuries

New tool gives hope for women with fistula injuries

Study: Drug used to treat blood loss may be beneficial for some stroke patients

Study: Drug used to treat blood loss may be beneficial for some stroke patients

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian launch new Mothers Center

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian launch new Mothers Center

Survey: Childbirth hurts but pain relief options make it manageable

Survey: Childbirth hurts but pain relief options make it manageable

Depression symptoms can persist six months after NICU discharge for young parents

Depression symptoms can persist six months after NICU discharge for young parents

Cedars-Sinai researchers explore risk factors associated with mental health of new mothers

Cedars-Sinai researchers explore risk factors associated with mental health of new mothers