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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Maternal diet may enhance immune systems of premature infants, study shows

Maternal diet may enhance immune systems of premature infants, study shows

Psychological variables account for anxiety and depression among pregnant women during COVID-19

Psychological variables account for anxiety and depression among pregnant women during COVID-19

New strategy to optimize the efficacy of neuropeptides for therapeutic applications

New strategy to optimize the efficacy of neuropeptides for therapeutic applications

Study shows the impact of paid maternity leave on maternal health

Study shows the impact of paid maternity leave on maternal health

Light pollution can increase the likelihood of preterm births

Light pollution can increase the likelihood of preterm births

Pregnancy complications can increase long-term mortality risks

Pregnancy complications can increase long-term mortality risks

Women need to be educated about the warning signs and symptoms of preeclampsia

Women need to be educated about the warning signs and symptoms of preeclampsia

Essential coaching for mothers during COVID-19

Essential coaching for mothers during COVID-19

New clinical practice guidelines on diagnosis, management of von Willebrand Disease

New clinical practice guidelines on diagnosis, management of von Willebrand Disease

Study: Nausea and vomiting symptoms during pregnancy start within a three day timeframe

Study: Nausea and vomiting symptoms during pregnancy start within a three day timeframe

New analysis finds no benefit in providing supplemental oxygen to mothers during childbirth

New analysis finds no benefit in providing supplemental oxygen to mothers during childbirth

Study examines how obesity affected postpartum hemorrhage outcomes at a tertiary care center

Study examines how obesity affected postpartum hemorrhage outcomes at a tertiary care center

WHO and HRP launch “Labour Care Guide” to improve women’s experience of childbirth

WHO and HRP launch “Labour Care Guide” to improve women’s experience of childbirth

Study: Lack of water puts health care workers and patients at higher risk of COVID-19 infection

Study: Lack of water puts health care workers and patients at higher risk of COVID-19 infection

$20.6 billion to restore crumbling services for women, newborns, children and adolescents

$20.6 billion to restore crumbling services for women, newborns, children and adolescents

First time mothers and their infants could benefit from induction of labor at 41 weeks

First time mothers and their infants could benefit from induction of labor at 41 weeks

Women with COVID-19 more likely to suffer acute stress during childbirth

Women with COVID-19 more likely to suffer acute stress during childbirth

COVID-19 may exacerbate mental health symptoms among pregnant and postpartum women

COVID-19 may exacerbate mental health symptoms among pregnant and postpartum women

Iron infusion highly effective to treat anemia in low-income settings

Iron infusion highly effective to treat anemia in low-income settings

Children born via Cesarean section may face increased risk of infection

Children born via Cesarean section may face increased risk of infection