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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.
Perinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideation

Perinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideation

Transobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence

Transobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence

Diet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Diet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Exercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and child

Exercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and child

Opioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Utah

Opioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Utah

Low maternal education linked to high risk of infant mortality

Low maternal education linked to high risk of infant mortality

Pregnant women with migraine more often have complications during pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnant women with migraine more often have complications during pregnancy and childbirth

Good health goes beyond having a doctor and insurance, says AMA’s equity chief

Good health goes beyond having a doctor and insurance, says AMA’s equity chief

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s health

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s health

Queen’s researchers develop innovative rapid test to improve maternal health in developing countries

Queen’s researchers develop innovative rapid test to improve maternal health in developing countries

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