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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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

Care pathways for pregnant women with COVID‐19

Care pathways for pregnant women with COVID‐19

Improved diet and more physical activity during pregnancy modifies infants’ DNA

Improved diet and more physical activity during pregnancy modifies infants’ DNA

Infection prevention practices during COVID-19 result in shorter hospital stays for moms, babies

Infection prevention practices during COVID-19 result in shorter hospital stays for moms, babies

Sphincter injuries associated with higher risk of future fecal incontinence

Sphincter injuries associated with higher risk of future fecal incontinence

Researchers identify distinct link between autism and brain cell abnormalities

Researchers identify distinct link between autism and brain cell abnormalities

Simple diagnostic can help deliver urgent treatment to people at risk of dying from rapid blood loss

Simple diagnostic can help deliver urgent treatment to people at risk of dying from rapid blood loss

Bangladesh women living in poorer households reluctant to use maternal health care

Bangladesh women living in poorer households reluctant to use maternal health care

Study looks at childbirth experiences during COVID-19 in the USA

Study looks at childbirth experiences during COVID-19 in the USA

Supportive nursing care during labor and after childbirth increases breastfeeding rates

Supportive nursing care during labor and after childbirth increases breastfeeding rates

Doctors propose ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with endometriosis

Doctors propose ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with endometriosis

Epidural analgesia during childbirth does not increase infant's risk of developing autism

Epidural analgesia during childbirth does not increase infant's risk of developing autism

Women living in least restrictive states are more likely to give birth to low-birth weight babies

Women living in least restrictive states are more likely to give birth to low-birth weight babies

Report: Nearly two million babies are stillborn annually

Report: Nearly two million babies are stillborn annually

COVID-19-positive mothers rarely transmit the virus to their newborns

COVID-19-positive mothers rarely transmit the virus to their newborns

Pregnant and postpartum women more likely to suffer from constipation

Pregnant and postpartum women more likely to suffer from constipation

Researcher receives NIH award to explore effect of women's hormones on postpartum opioid relapse

Researcher receives NIH award to explore effect of women's hormones on postpartum opioid relapse

Ground-breaking maternal health trial starts across 80 hospitals in Asia and Africa

Ground-breaking maternal health trial starts across 80 hospitals in Asia and Africa