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.
Breeched Birth: Caesarean Section or Vaginal Delivery?
Breech presentation is common in about 15% of pregnancies at 29 to 32 weeks.
In a new study, researchers evaluated the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnant women during the Omicron predominance period in the United Kingdom
Researchers determine which women with GDM are most likely to test positive for this condition postpartum in an effort to prevent persistent DM.
A new UCLA study has found anxiety specific to pregnancy and childbirth is associated with shorter gestation times and earlier births.
Women who experience anxiety about their pregnancies give birth earlier on average than those who don't, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
In a recent review published in the journal Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, researchers discussed the latest advances in the antimicrobial properties of human milk.
A new study explores the role of melatonin in pregnancy.
As life-preserving medical technology advanced in the second half of the 20th century, doctors and families were faced with a thorny decision, one with weighty legal and moral implications: How should we define when life ends? Cardiopulmonary bypass machines could keep the blood pumping and ventilators could maintain breathing long after a patient's natural ability to perform those vital functions had ceased.
Researchers discuss the adverse effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on perinatal mental health.
Sexual enjoyment in the years following childbirth is unaffected by the way in which the baby is delivered, according to new research.
Two months ahead of her due date with her second daughter, Terri Logan felt weighed down by stress. She was a high school math teacher in Union City, Georgia, and was ending her relationship with the baby's father.
Birthing women denied nitrous oxide ('laughing gas') to relieve labor pain during the COVID-19 pandemic have turned to opioids instead, without any adverse outcomes for mother or child, according to a new study by Australian clinicians.
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) — conditions of high blood pressure including chronic/gestational hypertension and preeclampsia — have been strongly linked to heart disease in later life, but, before today, little research has connected these disorders with cognition.
A disorder called hereditary hemochromatosis, caused by a gene mutation, results in the body absorbing too much iron, leading to tissue damage and conditions like liver disease, heart problems and diabetes.
The National Institutes of Health today announced the winners of its NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge (NTAC) for Maternal Health, a prize competition for developers of diagnostic technologies to help improve maternal health around the world.
A new study examines the strength of protection against COVID-19 using antibody concentrations at birth and after six months in mothers and children.
New research from Scotland published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) shows the increased risk of severe maternal sickness/complications (morbidity) is associated with a range of risk factors including increasing maternal age and levels of obesity, and also previous Cesarean section.
Congenital syphilis (CS) is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that passes from a mother to her child during pregnancy or childbirth. In up to 40% of cases, it may lead to the death of the developing baby in utero or in infancy.
A new study reveals that breast milk is often contaminated by environmental pollutants.
A new study discusses the impact of the pandemic on breastfeeding practices.
A recent study explores the sources and functional importance of certain key species in the mother-infant transmission of the microbiota.