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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.
Superdrug launches new initiative to encourage expectant parents to quit smoking

Superdrug launches new initiative to encourage expectant parents to quit smoking

Timing is key: preventing infant SHIV infection by PEP

Timing is key: preventing infant SHIV infection by PEP

Childbirth education classes may help pregnant women have successful vaginal deliveries

Childbirth education classes may help pregnant women have successful vaginal deliveries

Medicaid expansion improves postpartum coverage and use of outpatient care

Medicaid expansion improves postpartum coverage and use of outpatient care

Study reveals the staggering cost of childbirth

Study reveals the staggering cost of childbirth

Uterine balloon tamponade is almost 86% effective in preventing maternal mortality from hemorrhaging

Uterine balloon tamponade is almost 86% effective in preventing maternal mortality from hemorrhaging

Coping with loss of hospital, rural town realizes: We don’t need a hospital

Coping with loss of hospital, rural town realizes: We don’t need a hospital

Pilot study to explore vaginal birth-induced pelvic floor injury and recovery

Pilot study to explore vaginal birth-induced pelvic floor injury and recovery

Yang and Sanders use maternal mortality stats to talk about race

Yang and Sanders use maternal mortality stats to talk about race

Almost one in two Americans will be obese by 2030

Almost one in two Americans will be obese by 2030

Pregnant women living with HIV may not receive the recommended treatment

Pregnant women living with HIV may not receive the recommended treatment

Minority stress adds an extra layer to fear of childbirth

Minority stress adds an extra layer to fear of childbirth

It’s not just you: Picking health insurance is hard. Here’s how to be smart about it.

It’s not just you: Picking health insurance is hard. Here’s how to be smart about it.

Black mothers get less treatment for postpartum depression than other moms

Black mothers get less treatment for postpartum depression than other moms

Preterm birth could be spotted early by ultrasound

Preterm birth could be spotted early by ultrasound

Rural women experience higher rates pregnancy complications than urban peers

Rural women experience higher rates pregnancy complications than urban peers

Fertility treatments cause epigenetic changes in mouse embryos, study finds

Fertility treatments cause epigenetic changes in mouse embryos, study finds

Inducing labor after 41 weeks appears to be safer in terms of perinatal survival

Inducing labor after 41 weeks appears to be safer in terms of perinatal survival

New research project could help reduce unnecessary C-sections in Ireland

New research project could help reduce unnecessary C-sections in Ireland

Embarrassing symptoms prevent women from seeking treatment for pelvic floor disorders

Embarrassing symptoms prevent women from seeking treatment for pelvic floor disorders