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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Review highlights sex differences in ischemic stroke occurrence among young adults

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Pilot survey provides data on the unique needs of new fathers

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Study reveals widespread impact of COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and newborn care in Europe

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Study sheds light on how the immune system behaves during pregnancy

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WHO and UNICEF warn about the lack of basic water services in health care facilities

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Winners of NIH's Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge announced

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NIH offers $1 million in cash prizes for innovative diagnostics to help improve maternal health

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Disparities in maternal mental health during COVID-19

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Previous trauma can affect patients during pregnancy, childbirth and after

Becerra says surprise billing rules force doctors who overcharge to accept fair prices

Becerra says surprise billing rules force doctors who overcharge to accept fair prices

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Maternal depression affects women's economic welfare and financial stability years later

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Pregnancy outcomes during the Jordanian COVID-19 national lockdown

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Network science can be used to remove race and gender bias in clinical settings, study says

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Mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 antibody transfer into breastmilk

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Pregnant women’s humoral response is dependent on SARS-CoV-2 strain

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Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on women’s experience of pregnancy in UK

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Study finds significant increase in cannabis use disorder during pregnancy