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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Robust passive and active immunity found in infants born to COVID-19 positive mothers

Robust passive and active immunity found in infants born to COVID-19 positive mothers

COVID-19 in pregnancy does not significantly increase respiratory illness in newborns, says study

COVID-19 in pregnancy does not significantly increase respiratory illness in newborns, says study

Study finds low risk of infection in babies born to mothers tested positive for SARS-CoV-2

Study finds low risk of infection in babies born to mothers tested positive for SARS-CoV-2

Opioid prescription for new mothers associated with an increased risk of serious opioid-related events

Opioid prescription for new mothers associated with an increased risk of serious opioid-related events

Despite advances, childbirth is not likely to become easier for women from a biological perspective

Despite advances, childbirth is not likely to become easier for women from a biological perspective

Previously approved drugs starting points for COVID-19 therapeutics

Previously approved drugs starting points for COVID-19 therapeutics

Stress incontinence surgery does not increased risk of pelvic cancers

Stress incontinence surgery does not increased risk of pelvic cancers

Intermittent auscultation outperforms more modern methods at reducing cesarean sections

Intermittent auscultation outperforms more modern methods at reducing cesarean sections

Taking progestogens during high-risk pregnancy could reduce preterm birth

Taking progestogens during high-risk pregnancy could reduce preterm birth

Adverse childhood experiences linked to adolescents' delinquent behaviors

Adverse childhood experiences linked to adolescents' delinquent behaviors

Undocumented pregnant women in Finland receive inadequate prenatal care, study shows

Undocumented pregnant women in Finland receive inadequate prenatal care, study shows

COVID-19 has increased stress levels in the U.S pregnant women

COVID-19 has increased stress levels in the U.S pregnant women

Lifestyle intervention program  helped reduce stress in low-income mothers

Lifestyle intervention program helped reduce stress in low-income mothers

Unbalanced progesterone may cause preterm or prolonged labor in some pregnant women

Unbalanced progesterone may cause preterm or prolonged labor in some pregnant women

African American women have greater risk of stroke, death during pregnancy and childbirth

African American women have greater risk of stroke, death during pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnant women in Japan had higher levels of anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic

Pregnant women in Japan had higher levels of anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic

Uppsala Health Summit to focus on behavioral changes, antimicrobial resistance

Uppsala Health Summit to focus on behavioral changes, antimicrobial resistance

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