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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.
Discrimination, PTSD linked to high preterm-birth rates among African-American women

Discrimination, PTSD linked to high preterm-birth rates among African-American women

Study charts cesarean delivery trends in India

Study charts cesarean delivery trends in India

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

First-of-its-kind study provides pregnancy statistics of imprisoned U.S. women

First-of-its-kind study provides pregnancy statistics of imprisoned U.S. women

First postpartum depression drug gets FDA nod

First postpartum depression drug gets FDA nod

FDA approves first drug for treatment of postpartum depression in adult women

FDA approves first drug for treatment of postpartum depression in adult women

Global study highlights growing inequality in adolescent health

Global study highlights growing inequality in adolescent health

Childbirth in non-hospital settings is far more dangerous than hospital deliveries

Childbirth in non-hospital settings is far more dangerous than hospital deliveries

U.S.-funded initiative associated with reductions in maternal and newborn mortality in Indonesia

U.S.-funded initiative associated with reductions in maternal and newborn mortality in Indonesia

Study tracks drinking habits of new parents

Study tracks drinking habits of new parents

Night and weekend births have higher risk of delivery complications, study reveals

Night and weekend births have higher risk of delivery complications, study reveals

Sleep duration and satisfaction decreased up to six years for first-time parents

Sleep duration and satisfaction decreased up to six years for first-time parents

Early delivery due to scrapping of ‘baby cheque’ poses risks to babies

Early delivery due to scrapping of ‘baby cheque’ poses risks to babies

Scientists discover trigger that turns strep infections into devastating disease

Scientists discover trigger that turns strep infections into devastating disease

Depression prevention for pregnant women and new mothers – new recommendations

Depression prevention for pregnant women and new mothers – new recommendations

Health officers with surgical training are a safe alternative for performing C-sections

Health officers with surgical training are a safe alternative for performing C-sections

Pregnant women who undergo gallbladder removal surgery experience longer hospital stays

Pregnant women who undergo gallbladder removal surgery experience longer hospital stays

New research brings scientists closer to preventing preterm births

New research brings scientists closer to preventing preterm births

New blood drop emoji due to hit smartphone keyboards in the spring

New blood drop emoji due to hit smartphone keyboards in the spring

Different characteristics associated with depression before and after giving birth

Different characteristics associated with depression before and after giving birth