Archive for the ‘Labor and Birth’ Category

What is an Epidural?

Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women giving birth at... more...
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Second Stage of Labor

The second stage of labor is when your baby moves through the birth canal. The second stage of labor begins when the cervix is completely dilated (open), and ends with the... more...
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Third Stage of Labor

The third stage of labor is when your uterus continues to contract to push out the placenta (afterbirth) after your baby's birth. The placenta usually delivers about 5 to 15... more...
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First Stage of Labor

The first stage of labor is the longest and involves three phases: Early Labor:  The onset of labor until the cervix is dilated to 3-6 centimeters Active Labor Phase:  Continues... more...
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Signs of Labor

Signs and Symptoms of Labor Probably every woman who shares her labor experience tells a different story. Your delivery will be just as unique. However, the following information will prepare... more...
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Mucus Plug

Your mucus plug is a protective collection of mucus in the cervical canal. During pregnancy, the cervix secretes a thick, jelly-like fluid to keep the area moist and protected. This... more...
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Cesarean Procedure

Cesarean birth happens through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past 30... more...
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