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If he's distressed' - shown in a slowing heart rate, or if the baby passes meconium the contents of the baby's rectum which will stain the liquor amniotic fluid , or shown in a blood sample taken from the baby's scalp. Women instinctively use a variety of positions and movements to cope with the pain of the first stage of labour, and no one position for the second stage of labour is superior to others in terms of outcomes for the mother and baby.

First sight of your baby. Pushing the Baby Out Childbirth Stage 3: Transition to second stage Your cervix opens from 7 to 10 centimeters.

Parenting information is available at Parenthub. Royal Women's Hospital Assisted birth. During active labor, your cervix will dilate from 6 centimeters cm to 10 cm. The contractions continue to be strong, but they may spread out a bit and give you time to rest. A doppler machine uses ultrasound for monitoring. This is also a phase of more rapid descent, when the baby is passing lower into the pelvis and deeper into the birth canal.

Stages and Phases of Labor: Early, Active and Transitional What to Expect

View more information about myVMC. Finally, there is the transition phase. Continue with breathing exercises. This may occur right away, or take up to 30 minutes. Sweet B, Tiran D.

Washington, D. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Unless labor is cut short by a C-section, all women go through labor, the first stage of childbirth, which is in turn broken down into three phases: The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care.

The process may be sped up naturally by breastfeeding which releases oxytocin , or medically by administering a drug called pitocin. Your baby is born, the placenta has delivered, and you and your partner will probably feel joy, relief, and fatigue. Make an appointment. In the meantime, we will continue to update and add content to Pregnancy, Birth and Baby to meet your information needs. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.

Nonpharmacological approaches to management of labor pain.

3 Vital Stages Of Labor: What Happens In Them And What To Do

The second stage of labor begins when the cervix is completely dilated open , and ends with the birth of your baby. The uterus pushes the baby down. Normal labor and delivery. The first stage of labor and birth occurs when you begin to feel regular contractions, which cause the cervix to open dilate and soften, shorten and thin effacement.

Third stage may be:. Your cervix opens from 7 to 10 centimeters. During the first stage of labor, the cervix opens dilates and thins out effaces to allow the baby to move into the birth canal.

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