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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.
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!

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