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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 4: Birth and the Newborn Baby Stages of Childbirth- There are several signs that labor is near o False labor: uterine contractions that may last several weeks o About two week before birth, lightening occurs o This is the time when the babys head drops lower in the uterus and the cervix softens in preparation for the delivery Stage 1: Dilation and Effacement- This is the longest stage of labor- Dilation and effacement of the cervix is the widening and thinning of the cervix that results in a clear pathway from the uterus to the birth canal- Uterine contractions become forceful and regular- Transition is reached when frequency and strength of contractions are at their peak Stage 2: Delivery of the Baby- May last from approximately 50 minutes with a first baby, to 20 minutes in subsequent births- Strong contractions continue through this stage- The mother feels a natural urge to push, which forced the baby down and out Stage 3: The Birth of the Placenta- This final stage usually last from 5-10 minutes- The final contractions and pushes cause the placenta to separate from the...
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HDFL 124 taught by Professor Koivunen during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Stout.
- Spring '08