Normal vaginal delivery

Normal vaginal delivery - Learning issue: Normal Vaginal...

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Learning issue: Normal Vaginal Delivery-MH Labor and delivery can be divided into 3 stages: For pictures and video of a normal vaginal delivery please visit the multimedia link on the emedicine article. It’s gross, but enjoy. Yikes!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96BsGIw12yo Stage 1: The cervix dilates as a result of progressive rhythmic contractions. This is typically the longest stage of labor. Cervical effacement or thinning occurs throughout the first stage of labor and is graded 0-100%. Stage 1 can be further divided into latent and active phases. Latent phase can last for several hours, in which the cervix dilates slowly, from closed to approximately 4-5 cm. The active phase lasts from latent until delivery. It is characterized by rapid cervical dilation. Stage 2: This stage is between complete cervical dilation and delivery of the neonate and can last minutes to hours. Key movements of labor occur in this stage: Engagement of the head into the lower pelvis Flexion of the head, putting the occiput in the presenting position
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