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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 La...

July 2014

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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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Having Twins


What causes a twin pregnancy Having twins runs in some families The most important factor however is age Women older than 30 years are more likely to have twins than are younger women One reason is that women in their 30sespecially those in their late 30soften release more than one egg during a me...

June 2012

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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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Early Preterm Birth


What is early preterm birth Most pregnancies last about 40 weeks Babies born between 32 and 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered preterm Babies born before 32 weeks are called early preterm Pregnancy What is early preterm birth What do I need to consider if I am at risk of having an early preterm ...

August 2011

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If Your Baby Is Breech


What is a breech presentation By 34 weeks before the due date most babies move so their heads are down near the birth canal vagina If this does not happen the buttocks the feet or both may be in place to come out first during birth This is called a breech presentation It happens in 34 of fullterm ...

August 2011

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