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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth


What is preterm labor Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy Changes in the cervix include effacement the cervix thins out and dilation the cervix opens so that the fetus can enter the birth canal Pr...

September 2015

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Multiple Pregnancy


How does multiple pregnancy occur A twin triplet or higherorder pregnancy four or more babies is called multiple pregnancy If more than one egg is released during the menstrual cycle and each is fertilized by a sperm more than one embryo may implant and grow in your uterus This type of pregnancy r...

July 2015

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Cesarean Birth (C-section)


What is cesarean birth Cesarean birth is the delivery of a baby through incisions made in the mothers abdomen and uterus Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is cesarean birth What are the reasons for cesarean birth Is a cesarean birth necessary if I have had a previous cesarean birth Can I req...

May 2015

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If Your Baby Is Breech


What does it mean when a baby is breech In the last weeks of pregnancy babies usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth This is called a vertex presentation A breech presentation occurs when the babys buttocks feet or both are in place to come out...

April 2015

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Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery


What are the types of painrelieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery In general there are two types of painrelieving drugs 1 analgesics and 2 anesthetics Analgesics relieve pain without total loss of feeling or muscle movement They are used to lessen pain but usually do not s...

March 2014

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Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks


What is a medically indicated delivery A medically indicated delivery is done for a medical reason These reasons may be the womans medical condition or a problem with the baby Labor may be induced started with the use of certain drugs or other means or a cesarean delivery may be performed in which...

June 2013

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A Fathers Guide to Pregnancy


How long does pregnancy last Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks which is equal to 9 months The 9 months of pregnancy are divided into three 3month periods called trimesters Pregnancy How long does pregnancy lastnbsp What is a ldquodue daterdquonbsp What happens during the first trimesternbsp What happ...

April 2013

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Labor Induction


What is labor induction Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on induce labor Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is labor induction Why is labor induced What is the Bishop score What is ripening the cervix How is cervical ripening performed What are prostaglandin...

January 2012

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What to Expect After Your Due Date


What is the due date and what does it mean Your due date is used as a guide for checking your pregnancys progress and the babys growth and age Health care providers often use more than one method to set the due date Ultrasound performed between 18 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy often is used to h...

August 2011

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery - Deciding on a Trial of Labor After Cesarean Delivery


What is a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery VBAC If you have had a previous cesarean delivery you have two choices about how to give birth again You can have a scheduled cesarean delivery You can give birth vaginally This is called a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery VBAC Labor Delivery an...

August 2011

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