Childbirth

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.

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Women treated with fertility-sparing surgery for ovarian tumors could become pregnant

Women treated with fertility-sparing surgery for ovarian tumors could become pregnant

Conflict, climate instability, and COVID-19 are affecting the health of women and children

Conflict, climate instability, and COVID-19 are affecting the health of women and children

Study finds no link between SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy and complications in neonates

Study finds no link between SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy and complications in neonates

Neuroscientist assesses the efficacy of different coping strategies of pain

Neuroscientist assesses the efficacy of different coping strategies of pain

Cory Gardner’s bill has as much to do with politics as preexisting conditions

Cory Gardner’s bill has as much to do with politics as preexisting conditions

Black women turn to midwives to avoid COVID and ‘feel cared for’

Black women turn to midwives to avoid COVID and ‘feel cared for’

Seropositive partners increase risk of COVID-19 but not obstetric complications in pregnant women

Seropositive partners increase risk of COVID-19 but not obstetric complications in pregnant women

Mathematical model to show how to prevent fistulas in women during childbirth

Mathematical model to show how to prevent fistulas in women during childbirth

COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to child and maternal health services, show surveys

COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to child and maternal health services, show surveys

COVID-19 in pregnancy doubles odds of preterm delivery

COVID-19 in pregnancy doubles odds of preterm delivery

Research highlights the effects of confinement due to COVID-19 among pregnant women

Research highlights the effects of confinement due to COVID-19 among pregnant women

New research sheds light on the risks of COVID-19 for pregnant women and their babies

New research sheds light on the risks of COVID-19 for pregnant women and their babies

Study track changes in symptoms and quality of life before and after labiaplasty

Study track changes in symptoms and quality of life before and after labiaplasty

Painless magnetic stimulation dramatically reduces episodes of fecal incontinence

Painless magnetic stimulation dramatically reduces episodes of fecal incontinence

Girls with anorexia nervosa can have stunted growth

Girls with anorexia nervosa can have stunted growth

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Kamala Harris on health

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Kamala Harris on health

Researchers explore association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

Researchers explore association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

Women often prescribed excessive opioids after childbirth, research reveals

Women often prescribed excessive opioids after childbirth, research reveals

Oxytocin can aid in the control and prevention of osteoporosis

Oxytocin can aid in the control and prevention of osteoporosis

Surgery for acute cholecystitis during pregnancy may be safer than postponing

Surgery for acute cholecystitis during pregnancy may be safer than postponing