Childbirth – What can you expect?



you at childbirth a lot of things happen in the mother's body before the baby is born it passes the membrane of the uterus the cervix the mouth of the uterus and the birth canal labor mostly starts with the opening and widening of the cervix this goes together with contractions to make the tissues around the cervix softer and thinner the waters might have already broken by then but that can also happen in a later stage of labour the contractions are usually irregular in the beginning and not very painful yet in the course of time the contractions become more frequent and stronger the cervix needs to be 10 centimeters dilated before the baby can pass during the final centimeters of dilation the contractions are the strongest the duration of the dilation differs from woman to woman the position of the baby and the number of childbirth somebody has had before when the cervix is fully dilated the pushing phase starts this is when the baby needs to be pushed down the birth canal the dilating contractions shift into expulsion contractions with a cephalic presentation the baby usually comes out headfirst and face down if the buttocks come first the baby is breech after the baby's head is delivered the shoulders still need to come out if you look at the widest point the head is at right angles to the baby's shoulders so the baby has to take a quarter turn to let the shoulder be delivered the doctor or nurse helps with the turning of the child's once the baby is born the afterbirth follows the placenta and the membranes still need to come out the uterus will contract so that the placenta peels away from the wall of the uterus the mother will be asked to push one more time to get the placenta out and labor is done when there is no more tangible heartbeat in the umbilical cord it can be snipped you

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