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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 efface...

July 2014

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Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery


What are the types of pain-relieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery? In general, there are two types of pain-relieving drugs: 1) analgesics and 2) anesthetics. Analgesics reli...

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 woman’s medical condition or a problem with the baby. Labor may be ind...

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 3-month periods called trimesters. Pregnancy How lon...

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 reas...

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 lab...

January 2012

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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." Pr...

August 2011

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Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring During Labor


What is fetal heart rate monitoring? Fetal heart rate monitoring is the process of checking the condition of your baby during labor and delivery by monitoring his or her heart rate with special equi...

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...

August 2011

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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 pregnancy's progress and the baby's growth and age. Health care providers often use more than one metho...

August 2011

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