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Labor and Delivery / Pregnancy Labor

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Oct 10, 2018
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Labor and Delivery

God's interest in the human race is nowhere better evinced than in obstetrics.~ Martin H. Fischer

Labor and Delivery

Normal Labor

Introduction

Childbirth is one of the most marvelous and memorable segment in a woman's life. It does not really matter if the child is the first, second or the third one. Each experience is unique and calls for a celebration. The fear and anxiety about childbirth often prevents most women from enjoying this experience. However, an adequate knowledge about signs of labor and labor and delivery in general can impart a feeling of confidence and a sense of emotional well being, very crucial in ensuring a successful labor. It is very important to communicate hopes or fears about labor and delivery with your doctor, based on which critical decisions can be made in the best interest of the mother and child.

“My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt.” ~William Blake

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Childbirth is a process by which the baby inside the womb adjusts itself to its surroundings and passes out of the uterus to be born as a new individual in the world. Adequate and appropriate care taken during the antenatal period reflects on the conduct and outcome of the labor.

Cervical ripening helps the cervix soften and thins out in preparation for labor. Medications or devices can be used to soften the cervix.

Reference

  1. Mudaliar and Menon's Obstetrics - www.babycentre.co.uk

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ennairam_23

Having undergone the process of labor and delivery myself, all I can say is: each labor and delivery experience is different. It is the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my whole life but also the most rewarding. All the pain will vanished once you see your little bundle of joy.

Jurelyn C. Licaros

what is the mechanism of labor ?

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The mechanism of labor is in several stages. In pre-labor, the uterus begins to contract, but the contractions are more gentle. The pregnant woman can usually go about her day. In the first active phase of labor, the uterus contracts more rhythmically and frequently, usually requiring undivided attention. These contractions coincide with the cervix dilating to about 10 cm to allow for the baby to pass through. In the second active phase of labor, the doctor or midwife will ask that the woman push each time a contraction occurs. This assists the uterus contractions in pushing the baby out. Finally, in the third phase, the placenta is expelled.

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