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  1. Labor and Delivery - Types of Delivery

    The first stage of active labor starts when the cervix is about to dilated. This stage is complete when the cervix is fully dilated and effaced and the baby is ready to be pushed out. See an illustration of cervical effacement. During the last part of this stage (transition), labor becomes particularly intense.Compared with early labor, the contractions during the first stage of active labor are .

  2. Labor and Delivery - Signs of Labor

    Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have had fluid gushing or leaking from your vagina (the amniotic sac has ruptured) AND you know or think the umbilical cord is bulging into your vagina (cord prolapse). If this happens, immediately get down on your knees, dropping your head and upper body lower than your buttocks to decrease pressure on the cord until help arrives. Cord prolapse .

  3. Labor and Delivery - Right After the Birth

    After you deliver your baby, your mind and your body may have separate agendas. Within the first 30 minutes after your baby is born, you will want to be getting to know your baby. Meanwhile, your uterus will continue contracting as the placenta detaches and passes from the uterus. This is called the third stage of labor. You may be given oxytocin to help this process along. Your contractions will

  4. Labor and Delivery - Stages of Labor

    The second stage of active labor is the actual birth, when the baby is pushed out by the tightening uterine muscles (contractions). During the second stage:Uterine contractions will feel different. Though they are usually regular, they may slow down to every 2 to 5 minutes, lasting 60 to 90 seconds. If your labor stalls, changing positions may help. If not, your health professional may recommend .

  5. Labor and Delivery - Topic Overview

    What is labor and delivery?Labor and delivery is the process of childbirth. Like pregnancy, labor and delivery follows a typical sequence. However, your labor and delivery is likely to be different from any other woman's. Similarly, if you have given birth before, your next childbirth may be completely different. Labor is divided into two phases: early (latent) labor and active labor. Early labor

  6. Labor and Delivery - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I use epidural anesthesia during childbirth?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. How to breast - feed Managing postpartum depression ...

  7. Fetal Monitoring During Labor - Topic Overview

    What is fetal monitoring during labor?Fetal heart monitoring is a way to check the heart rate of your baby (fetus) during labor. The heart rate is a good way to find out if your baby is doing well. It can show if there is a problem.Monitoring may be done all the time during labor (continuous) or at set times (intermittent). Most women have some type of monitoring. Talk with your doctor or nurse-midwife during your pregnancy to find out your options. For example, if you want to spend some of your labor in a tub or walking, you would want intermittent monitoring. If you have a low-risk pregnancy—which means that you and your baby have no known problems—you can ask ahead of time to have intermittent monitoring. You can put your wishes in your birth plan. This is a list of what you would like to have happen during labor. It includes other things too, such as ways to manage pain. But if a problem happens during labor, your baby's heart rate may need to be checked all the time.How

  8. Labor and Delivery - Planning for Birth

    During your prenatal visits, talk with your health professional about your labor and delivery options. As you identify your preferences, it's a good idea to make them clear in a written birth plan. Since no labor and delivery can be predicted or planned in advance, be flexible. As you consider how you'd handle possible complications, give yourself permission to change your mind at any time. A ...

  9. Labor and Delivery - Medical Procedures

    Most full - term babies are delivered some time between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. (Those weeks are counted from the first day of your last menstrual period, or LMP.) A pregnancy that has reached 42 or more weeks is called a "post - term pregnancy." Pregnancy that lasts beyond the due date is fairly common. Some post - term pregnancies are not truly post - term-a common "cause" is an incorrect

  10. Labor and Delivery - Labor Positions

    After your baby is born,your body still has some work to do. This is the third stage of labor,when the placenta is delivered. You will still have contractions. These contractions make the placenta separate from the inside of the uterus,and they push the placenta out. Your medical staff will help you with this. They will also watch for any problems,such as heavy bleeding,especially if ...

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