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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.
University of Illinois at Chicago opens three health care simulation centers

University of Illinois at Chicago opens three health care simulation centers

New model for vaginal microbiome transplantation

New model for vaginal microbiome transplantation

Study finds upward trend in number of pregnant women with high blood pressure

Study finds upward trend in number of pregnant women with high blood pressure

Resilience exerts a protective role against negative effects of stress during pregnancy

Resilience exerts a protective role against negative effects of stress during pregnancy

Two-thirds of women over 40 suffer from bladder leakage, research shows

Two-thirds of women over 40 suffer from bladder leakage, research shows

Pregnancy-related widening of abdominal muscles may affect 'tummy tuck' outcomes

Pregnancy-related widening of abdominal muscles may affect 'tummy tuck' outcomes

Home births and hospital births equally safe, says large international study

Home births and hospital births equally safe, says large international study

Expectant parents' emotional struggles linked to behavioral problems in 2-year-olds

Expectant parents' emotional struggles linked to behavioral problems in 2-year-olds

iTHRIV and community groups partner to address health needs across Virginia

iTHRIV and community groups partner to address health needs across Virginia

Study shows how 'natural-killer' cells may help women avoid placental accreta

Study shows how 'natural-killer' cells may help women avoid placental accreta

New leukemia treatment developed from common wild flower

New leukemia treatment developed from common wild flower

Maternal behavior in mice linked to oxytocin-sensitive cells in the female brain

Maternal behavior in mice linked to oxytocin-sensitive cells in the female brain

'Dual burden' of prematurity and serious maternal complications occurs in one of 270 births

'Dual burden' of prematurity and serious maternal complications occurs in one of 270 births

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